TSP and IRA required minimum distributions


Q. My wife has a TSP and an IRA. She starts distributions this year since she has turned 70. From what I understand, she could add the account balances from both as of Dec. 31, 2018, calculate the minimum distribution, and take the entire distribution required from one account, the TSP. She does not have to take it from both accounts, correct? 

A. She may not aggregate her TSP and IRA RMDs. Each must be taken from the applicable account.


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