Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)
SECURE Act of 2019
H.R. 1865, Pub.L. 116-94
Signed into law December 20, 2019
Effective Date: January 1, 2020
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 changed a variety of retirement account rules, including the age at which a member must start taking annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD). The SECURE Act increased the required beginning age for RMDs to age 72, up from the age of 70 ½.
Members who turn 70 ½ on or after January 1, 2020 now have until April 1 of the year following the year they turn 72 to take their first RMD. For example, if a member turns 72 on December 1, 2020, they must begin taking their RMD no later than April 1, 2021.
If a member turned 70 ½ on or before December 31, 2019, this change does not apply to them and they must take their first RMD no later than April 1, 2020. The RMD rule also does not apply to members who have reached the required beginning age and are still working for a NYSTRS employer, as these members can continue to defer the collection of the RMD until they stop working.
This legislation does not affect members who are already receiving a pension from NYSTRS.