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In the case of a 401k, you do not need to begin withdrawals from a 401k upon attaining the age of 70 1/2. The prior response stated that withdrawals must begin froma 401k on April 1st following reaching 70 1/2. I believe this to be incoorect. As long as you are an active employee, you do not need to begin withdrawals from a 401k at any time. this is not the case with an IRA. Also, if the worker is also the business owner (More than 5% ownership) withdrawals must begin form the 401k on April 1st in the year following the year in which the person reached 70 1/2.
So regular employee, no withdrawal from a 401k is necessary as long as you are actively working for that employer.

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