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  • Set up an account starting with as little as $50 per month.1
  • Access your online account at your convenience.
  • Purchase funds without transaction fees or sales charges.

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  • Get help planning for life’s goals such as saving and retirement.
  • Additional fees may apply.

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If you already have a brokerage account, our mutual funds & ETFs can be purchased through online brokerage platforms by searching for Thrivent Mutual Funds and ETFs.

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This ETF is different from traditional ETFs. Traditional ETFs tell the public what assets they hold each day. This ETF will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example:

 - You may have to pay more money to trade the ETF’s shares. This ETF will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information.

 - The price you pay to buy ETF shares on an exchange may not match the value of the ETF’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell shares. These price differences may be greater for this ETF compared to other ETFs because it provides less information to traders.

 - These additional risks may be even greater in bad or uncertain market conditions.

 - The ETF will publish on its website each day a “Proxy Portfolio” designed to help trading in shares of the ETF. While the Proxy Portfolio includes some of the ETF’s holdings, it is not the ETF’s actual portfolio.

The differences between this ETF and other ETFs may also have advantages. By keeping certain information about the ETF secret, this ETF may face less risk that other traders can predict or copy its investment strategy. This may improve the ETF’s performance. If other traders are able to copy or predict the ETF’s investment strategy, however, this may hurt the ETF’s performance. For additional information regarding the unique attributes and risks of the ETF, see the Principal Risks section of the prospectus.

1 New accounts with a minimum investment amount of $50 are offered through the Thrivent Mutual Funds "automatic purchase plan." Otherwise, the minimum initial investment requirement is $2,000 for non-retirement accounts and $1,000 for IRA or tax-deferred accounts, minimum subsequent investment requirement is $50 for all account types. Account minimums for other options vary.

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Contact your financial professional or brokerage firm to understand minimum investment amounts when purchasing a Thrivent ETF.

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Gene Walden
Senior Finance Editor

RETIREMENT PLANNING

Make the most of your required minimum distributions

12/19/2023
By Gene Walden, Senior Finance Editor | 12/19/2023

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have enjoyed the benefits of tax-deferred investing in traditional IRAs, 401(k), or similar retirement savings accounts, you should be aware of the rules governing the required distribution of those assets.

At age 73, most holders of traditional IRA, 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), SEP, SIMPLE, and profit-sharing plans must begin withdrawing required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their accountsand paying taxes on the distributions at their ordinary income tax rate. The IRS requires them to take withdrawals from these accounts by April 1 following the year they reach age 73, and annually by December 31 thereafter. If you postpone the first year’s distribution, that means that in the year after you turn 73, you may have two required distribution dates—April 1 for the previous year and December 31 for the current year.

Even if you’re not at the age to withdraw RMDs, it’s worth being prepared by knowing the exceptions, tax implications, and strategies for maximizing those distributions. 

Exceptions

Roth IRAs. There is no RMD for Roth IRAs regardless of your age. Furthermore, if you are at least 59½ and you’ve had the account for at least five years, all of the distributions that you do take would normally be tax-free. By contrast, Roth 401(k) account holders are generally required to begin taking distributions at 73, although that requirement will be eliminated beginning in 2024. (See: Roth IRA benefits go beyond retirement)

Still working. There is no age limit on contributing to either a traditional IRA or Roth IRA as long as you have earned income. If you’re still working into your 70s, you can continue to contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan. What’s more, you generally don’t have to start taking distributions from that 401(k) for as long as you continue to work. Your first RMD would be due by April 1 of the year after you retire. However, if you delay your first distribution until April 1, you will also have to satisfy the current year distribution by December 31 of the same year.

However, this exception would not apply if you have a stake of 5% or more in the company or the plan document requires distribution. In those instances, you cannot delay your RMD and must begin distributions. Nor would the exception apply to any retirement plans of former employers or to IRAs. Even if you’re still working, you would be required to begin taking distributions from your IRAs and former employer retirement plans at age 73.

What to do with your distributions

With potentially thousands of dollars coming your way in the years ahead, you may need a strategy to get the most from your distributions.

Before you decide on any course of action in allocating your distributions, you should consult with a tax professional to make sure you’re making the best decisions based on your specific tax situation. If you expect to spend the money to cover retirement expenses, that’s probably an easy choice. Take the distribution, pay the taxes you owe, and use the money as needed. But if you are already receiving enough income to cover your bills through a job, Social Security, or any pension or investment income, it may help to develop a strategy for making the most of your distributions. Here are some options for doing just that:

Donate it. If you donate your distribution—or a portion of it—to a qualified charity, the amount of the distribution you donate is taxable, but may qualify as a tax deduction. 

Make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). When you reach 70½, you can request up to $100,000 be sent directly to a qualified charity as a non-taxable distribution from your IRA. The QCD also counts towards your RMD for the year once you reach age 73. But if you make deductible traditional IRA contributions and also request a QCD, the QCD amount will be reduced by the amount of the traditional IRA deductions.

Create an emergency fund. If you don’t already have an emergency fund, you may wish to use some of the after-tax distribution to set one up.

Fund your life insurance premiums. You may use RMDs to fund a life insurance policy. The policy could be used to defray the tax on your retirement assets that your family will receive. Or, you could name a charity as the beneficiary of your taxable retirement accounts, with your family being the beneficiary of your non-taxable life insurance.

Reinvest it. You may choose to invest your after-tax distribution in a mutual fund or other investment in an effort to keep it growing. There are a wide range of mutual funds available—the choice depends on your investment objectives. (See: Asset Allocation Funds Can Help Tame Volatility)

Start early and move some money to a Roth IRA. Even if you’re years away from turning 73, it may be helpful to plan ahead.

While you are not allowed to roll over your RMDs into a Roth IRA, you may be permitted to convert the remaining money within your retirement accounts to a Roth IRA. Keep in mind, however, that you would be required to pay taxes at your ordinary income rate on the money you convert in the year of the conversion.

After 5 years, and you’re 59½, disabled, first time home buyer ($10,000 limit) or the money is being paid to your beneficiary, all earnings can be withdrawn tax-free.

Having a source of tax-free income could give you more flexibility in controlling your tax liability in future years. (Note that access to converted dollars before age 59½ has restrictions.) 

You can start the conversion process well before age 73—and you can continue the conversions until you’ve emptied your tax-deferred account—as long as you don’t convert your RMDs. 

Once your money is in a Roth IRA, you would no longer be required to take distributions during your lifetime. One of the key considerations is whether you can pay the taxes you will owe on the conversion from a separate source, rather than using your IRA assets to pay them. If you use IRA assets and you are under age 59½, you will owe the 10% early distribution tax on any funds not included in the amount converted to the Roth IRA.

Before making the decision to convert some or all of your tax-deferred account to a Roth IRA, you should carefully consider the tax consequences or speak with a tax professional to discuss the pros and cons. For instance, to help reduce the tax impact, you might consider spreading your conversions over several years – or waiting until you’re in a lower tax bracket in order to limit the tax burden.

But whether you withdraw the money now, or later when you’re required to take the annual distributions, you’re going to owe taxes at your ordinary income rate on all the money you withdraw. The decision you face is whether to take the hit sooner or later.

How much of my money must I withdraw each year?

During your lifetime, required minimum distributions (RMD) are determined through a calculation based on your age and the relationship and age of your beneficiary(ies) and the amount of money in your account as of December 31 of the prior year.

You would divide the amount in your account by the distribution period to determine your required minimum distribution.

Fortunately, you may be able to get some help from your plan administrator or tax professional. The trustee, custodian, or issuer of your account must either report the amount of the distribution to you or offer to calculate it for you. Or you could use an online calculator to do the math. FINRA has an RMD calculator at its site. You can also consider setting up a systematic distribution that is taken timely each year.

Review for more information on RMDs and Life Expectancy Tables

When must I take my distributions?

You must take your first distribution for the year you turn age 73, although the first payment can be delayed until April 1 of the following year. After the first year, all annual distributions must be taken by December 31 of that year. If you postpone the first year’s distribution, that means that in the year after you turn 73, you may have two required distribution dates – April 1 for the previous year and December 31 for the current year.

Can I make things easier by doubling my distribution one year so I can skip it the next?

Not a chance. You must recalculate the amount and take your distribution every single year.

What if I don’t take the full required distribution?

You would be subject to a stiff penalty—a 25% excise tax on the amount of the required minimum distribution that you failed to take in a particular year. The penalty would drop to 10% if you take the full required distribution by the end of the second year following the year it was due.

You may withdraw more than your RMD at any time, but you must not withdraw less.

What if you have more than one applicable account?

If you have more than one IRA or other employer retirement accounts, you must calculate the required distribution separately for each account. You must then withdraw an amount equal to the total of the RMD for all of your accounts.

You can withdraw the total RMD for your IRAs from one or more of your IRAs. Similar to an IRA, a 403(b) required distribution must be calculated separately for each 403(b) contract you own, but you can take the total amount from one or more of your 403(b) contracts.

However, required distributions from other types of retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 457(b) plans, must be taken separately from each of these account plans.

Where can I learn more about RMDs?

For further details, you can go to the IRS.gov RMD section.


Source: Internal Revenue Service, Publication 590-B (for 2018 returns), Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs)

The concepts presented are intended for educational purposes only. This information should not be considered investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy, or product.

The information provided is not intended as a source for tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult with a legal and/or tax professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.


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