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February 19, 2009

Declining years (nonrecalcualtion)

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Definition

Method of determining life expectancy used to calculate post-death distributions, where once the life expectancy is determined in the determination year, 1 is subtracted from it for each subsequent year.

Referring Cite

IRC § 401(a)(9), Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(9).

Additional Helpful Information

  • If the participant dies before the required beginning date (RBD), the determination year is the year following the year the participant dies
  • If the participant dies on or after the RBD, the determination year is  either:
    • The year the participant dies, if the participant has a longer life expectancy than the beneficiary
    • The year following the year the participant dies, if the beneficiary has a longer life expectancy than the participant
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