The old saying "you can't take it with you" is definitely true when it comes to Uncle Sam and your tax-deferred retirement accounts. Here's what you should know about required retirement account distributions along with some tips to help you avoid extra taxes and penalties.
With final holiday preparations looming, the last thing anyone wants to think about is next April's tax bill. But if you're over 70-and-a-half and have any tax-deferred retirement accounts (like an IRA), you'd better put down the wrapping paper and listen up.
Because calculating required minimum distributions can be fairly complicated, especially the first time out, you may want to give yourself the gift of a session with a financial planner for your 70th birthday -- or sooner, if possible.