Late in 2008, the Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 was enacted, which provided for a one-year suspension of the required minimum distribution rules in 2009 due to the economic meltdown. This means that IRA and 401(k) participants and beneficiaries are not required to take minimum distributions in 2009. Unfortunately, the enactment of the law in late 2008 resulted in many participants unknowingly taking their minimum distributions in 2009.

On September 24, 2009, the IRS issued Notice 2009-82 to provide relief for taxpayers who already took minimum distributions in 2009 but now want to take advantage of this one-year suspension rule. Basically, taxpayers now have until November 30, 2009 to rollover their mistaken 2009 minimum distributions without any adverse tax consequences.