"For advisors, the first step is to answer this key question: 'Is the IRA income desirable on the client’s return?' Sometimes the answer is yes. For others, taking at least some portion of the distribution this year will help keep future years’ distributions and resulting tax liabilities down if future RMDs are more than they need to meet their lifestyle goals.
In other cases, the minimum distribution may have created a situation where Social Security income is now being taxed, capital gains are being pushed out of a 0% tax bracket and into a 15% bracket or even creating a 3.8% net investment income tax. So, removing RMDs from the return can have a really significant positive impact on the client’s retirement income plan."