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Anyone agree with me that an end date for MRDs of 4/15, just like TIRA contributions would, in the end, save the IRS a lot of paperwork on 5329s and senior taxpayers a lot of anxiety.

I'm not of an age to have to take MRDs, so haven't had to look at it.
But my understanding is that you already have all the information you need to take your MRD for 2014. That everything you need to know to calculate you have already (ie. balance as of 12/31/2013 and what your birth date is).
Even if we say that it takes a month for the end-of-year statement to get to you from your mutual fund company / brokerage, that's still 11 months to make the withdrawal.

If people can't get it together to make a withdrawal within ~11 months, why should I think they will be more successful if they have 15 months? And then there will be the additional paperwork because "was it a 2013 withdrawal or a 2014 one?")

I would be fine with it changing - but I'm just not expecting it would make much difference to the IRS (or to most people who are procrastinating on taking the distribution.)
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