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...just read pub 590 again still sounds like a pain <g>

It's really very simple.

1. Get the right table (that's probably the hardest part)
2. Find your age (or sometimes the original owner's age) in the table
3. Look at the number next to the age.
4. Divide the previous year-end balance in the IRA by the number from step 3.
5. Withdraw that amount from the IRA

Lather, rinse, repeat each year.

--Pedro <== has lost track of the next permutation at this point in tax season.
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