The five-year rule applies only when the IRA owner dies before the required beginning date (RBD). If the IRA owner dies after the RBD and did not satisfy the required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year of death, the beneficiary must satisfy the RMD on behalf of the deceased. The amount must be calculated as though the IRA owner were still alive; this means the amount must be calculated using the uniform life table. The amount must be reported in the name of the deceased and the beneficiary and the tax identification number of the beneficiary.

All subsequent distributions should be calculated on a non-recalculated basis over the life expectancy of the beneficiary or the remaining life expectancy of the deceased, whichever is longer.

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