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More likely it is too offset the tax revenue losses from moving that starting RMD age back (to 72 [or 75] or whatever finally passes).

Yes, that's exactly the reasoning that was given for this change in the articles I read.

Query, does the change in the law grandfather those who started the lifetime, stretch before the law changed?

For the House version, the effective date of this change will be IRAs inherited after Dec 31, 2019. I don't know the effective date for the Senate version, but I suspect that it has a similar effective date.

AJ
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