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If I am reading that section correctly, because your Mom chose to treat your Dad's IRA as hers she had a choice in 2007. She could take your Dad's RMD as if he hadn't passed away, or she could take an RMD as if she owned the IRA at 12/31/06. Then for 2008, the IRA is completely hers and she would have taken RMDs based on her age.

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