Hey everybody, Jeff Beckley here with Beckley & Associates. Today, I want to bring you up to speed on an essential aspect of retirement planning: Required Beginning Dates (RBDs).

In this blog, we will explore what RBDs are, why they are crucial, recent changes in RBDs, and how they can impact your retirement strategy. So, let’s dive in and unlock the secrets to a fulfilling retirement!

What is a Required Beginning Date?

Understanding RBDs: The Year That Matters

RBD stands for Required Beginning Date. It is the specific year when you are obligated to start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your retirement accounts.

Whether you hold an IRA, SEP, 401(k), or a profit-sharing plan, understanding your RBD is of utmost importance.

Why RBDs Matter: Tax Considerations

RBDs are not just arbitrary dates; they hold significant tax implications. When you take RMDs from your retirement accounts, the distributed amount becomes taxable income.

The tax rate you face on these distributions depends on your total taxable income from all sources in the year of distribution.

Therefore, being aware of your RBD helps you plan for the tax impact and make informed decisions.

Avoiding Penalties: Meeting the Deadline

It is crucial to adhere to the RMD deadline to avoid penalties. In general, the deadline for taking RMDs is December 31st of each year.

Failing to take the required distributions by this deadline can result in a substantial 50% excise penalty.

Understanding and meeting the RBD and distribution deadlines play a vital role in ensuring a smooth retirement journey.

Changes in Required Beginning Dates

Secure Act 2.0: Recent Revisions

The Secure Act 2.0, enacted in December 2022, introduced changes to the RBDs, affecting individuals based on their birth year.

Let’s explore these revisions to understand how they might impact your retirement planning.

Pre-1951 Birth Year: No Change in RBD

If you were born before 1951, there is no change to your RBD.

This means that if you have already been taking distributions or are subject to an RBD, you can continue on your existing distribution schedule.

1951-1959 Birth Years: RMD Age Increased to 73

For those born between 1951 and 1959, the RBD age has been increased to 73. Consequently, you now have the flexibility to delay taking distributions until the year you turn 73.

This extension provides an opportunity to further grow your retirement savings and explore tax-saving strategies.

1960 or Later Birth Years: RMD Raised to 75

Individuals born in 1960 or later experienced a more significant change. Their RBD was raised to 75. This adjustment offers an extended timeframe to save for retirement and plan distribution strategies.

With the additional time, you can potentially leverage conversion strategies or other techniques to optimize your tax liabilities associated with RMDs.


In summary, understanding your Required Beginning Date (RBD) is paramount when planning for retirement.

Being aware of the tax implications and the deadlines associated with Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) ensures a smooth transition into retirement. Recent changes in RBDs, as introduced by the Secure Act 2.0, provide individuals with more flexibility and opportunities to enhance their retirement savings.

If you have further questions or need personalized guidance based on your specific situation, contact us today to start unlocking your retirement dreams.