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If you choose to take a distribution in the form of stock, your cost basis per share is the average trading price on the date of distribution from your Traditional IRA. This is the amount that will be reported to you as taxable income from IRA distributions on your Form 1099-R at the end of the tax year.
http://www.costbasis.com/stocks/iradistribution.html

Here’s something that I bet you’ve never run across – when you have to begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA or Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP), most folks think you must take these distributions in cash.

This is not the case, you can actually take distributions of any sort, not just RMDs, from your plan (IRA or QRP) in either cash or “in kind”. By “in kind”, this means that you can take the actual securities (stocks, bonds, or other investments) from the account. These distributions in kind can be used to satisfy your RMD for the year. There can be both pros and cons to taking distributions in kind.

http://figuide.com/does-your-required-minimum-distribution-h...
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