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Age 70 ½

Last Updated March 21, 2009

Definition

6-months after the 70th anniversary of an individual’s date-of-birth.

The significance of age 70 ½ is that the individual’s required beginning date is April 1, of the year that follows the year in which the individual reaches age 70 ½ , unless a permissible exception applies.


 

Referring Cite

 

Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(9)-2, Q&A 3

 

Additional Helpful Information

 

An individual attains age 70½ as of the date six calendar months after the 70th anniversary of the individual’s birth. For example, if an individual’s date of birth was June 30, 1933, the 70th anniversary of such individual’s birth is June 30, 2003.

Such individual attains age 70½ on December 30, 2003. Consequently, if the individual is a 5–percent owner or retired, such individual’s required beginning date is April 1, 2004. However, if the individual’s date of birth was July 1, 1933, the 70th anniversary of such individual’s birth would be July 1, 2003. Such individual would then attain age 70½ on January 1, 2004 and such individual required beginning date would be April 1, 2005. (Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(9)-2, Q&A 3).