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Bagsofit asks:

<< Does that mean if one has a retirement plan from a previous partnership one must take distribution from that and must it be taken in any particular way?>>

Yes, it means you must begin to take minimum required distributions from that plan. Details are contained in IRS Publication 575 (Pension and Annuity Income) which you may obtain at The plan administrator should be able to tell you what methods (single or joint life expectancy) are permitted by that plan.


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