June 23, 2020, IRS released Notice 2020-51 which allows unwanted 2020 Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) to be returned before August 31, 2020.
Previously, only RMD’s taken between February 1st and May 15th could be returned by 7/15/2020. If you were taking distributions monthly, you could only return one of those distributions because of the once-per-year rule for rollovers. If you took an RMD from a beneficiary IRA, you could not return it because rollovers were NEVER allowed for beneficiary IRAs.
Great News! IRS Notice 2020-51 allows ALL unwanted 2020 RMDs to be returned before August 31, 2020. That includes those RMDs taken in January, monthly RMD distributions, and RMDs taken from a beneficiary IRA.
Keep in mind - this applies only to RMDs. And distributions that were not RMDs must still abide by the one-rollover-per year rule and the standard 60-day rollover rule.
You can read IRS Notice 2020-51 at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-51.pdf?inf_contact_key=941d4dc619941da023c4b73e9fea1364
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