Accounting, Payroll & Pension Issues/Variable Annuiity RMD


In regards to a variable Annuity with guaranteed income does the IRS use the actual account value at year end or some other value to determine the RMD.



No, the value for an RMD distribution will be based upon the Fair Market Value (FMV) for each of your annuity contracts. The FMV is the combination of the prior year’s end contract value and the actuarial present value of additional benefits of the annuity contract, including the receipt of guaranteed income. The IRS will then determine your RMD minimums by an actuarial assessment of your life expectancy. All these factors play into the RMD amount.

If you are an IRA owner you should be provided with the FMV for your account by January 31st each year, this is required by law. If you have a different type of annuity, like in a 403(b) or 401(k) plan, you will most likely have to contact your plan provider to obtain the FMV of your annuity contract.

I hope this helps.


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