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Planning and preservation starts with our team

Planning and preservation requires assistance from a group of knowledgeable veterans who rely on proven strategies to manage trusts and implement estate plans geared toward your specific goals.

Dawn Griffin, JD, CPA, CTFA, Senior Vice President

Dawn Griffin, JD, CPA, CTFA
Senior Vice President
Chief Fiduciary Officer
(847) 403-8109
[email protected]

Dawn has been in the trusts and estates field since 2000. Prior to joining First American Bank in 2007, Dawn worked as an attorney concentrating in estate planning, business transactions and trust administration. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Northern Illinois University and her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Dawn is also an Illinois Certified Public Accountant. In addition, Dawn has attained her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. She is a former board member of the Fox Valley Estate Planning Council as well as the Illinois CPA Society - Fox Valley Chapter. Dawn is a licensed attorney.

Jeffrey C. Schmidt, JD
Senior Trust Officer
(847) 403-8044
[email protected]

After graduating from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law with his J.D., Jeff went into practice with a large Chicago law firm concentrating in contested trust and estate litigation and estate planning. Over the past 30 years, Jeff has served in various capacities with different institutions dedicated to the proper administration of fiduciary services for diverse clients. Jeff joined First American Bank in 2024 where he works closely with individuals and families seeking guidance with estate planning and trust administration.

Beverly Hayes, Vice President

Beverly Hayes
Vice President
Trust Administrator
(847) 403-8113
[email protected]

Beverly has over 30 years of experience in the areas of estate, trust and guardianship administration. Before joining First American Bank in 2014, Beverly worked in the wealth management group of community banks both in Chicago and the north suburbs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and has attended the ABA National Graduate Trust School. Beverly is a member of the Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council and a former member of the Chicago and Lake County Estate Planning Councils.

First American Bank is a full-service bank with locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida.

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The IRS requires 20% withholding on all qualified plan distributions eligible for rollover to an IRA or another qualified plan. You will report the distribution as ordinary income on your personal tax return. Depending on your personal tax bracket, you may be required to pay additional taxes on the distribution or you may be entitled to a refund. If the additional amount of tax due is substantial, you may be required to make estimated tax payments. You may also be required to pay state income taxes. You should consult your personal tax advisor before making decisions regarding your distribution.

Prior to 2020, you were required to start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) by April 1 of the year following the year in which you attained age 70 ½. That rule still applies if you attained age 70½ by the end of 2019. Once you are required to begin taking RMDs, you must continue. For 2020, the SECURE Act increased the age to begin RMDs to age 72 and then subsequently with the passing of SECURE Act 2.0 beginning in 2023, the age has been raised again. The schedule below outlines at what age you must begin taking RMDs.

Date of birth before 7/1/1949, RMD starts at age 70 ½. Date of birth 7/1/1949 to 12/31/1950, RMD starts at age 72. Date of birth 1/1/1951 to 12/31/1959, RMD starts at age 73. After 12/31/1958, RMD starts at age 75.

The same April 1 deadline applies. Thereafter, you must take RMDs annually on or before December 31. Note, two required distributions will be issued your first year if you wait until the period January 1 to April 1 to begin your RMDs. You may avoid two taxable distributions in the first year by taking your first withdrawal on or before December 31 of the year in which you attain the applicable age as shown above.

However, if you are still working, you are not required to begin RMDs from your employer sponsored plan until April 1 of the year following the year in which you terminate employment. This exception does not apply if you own more than 5% of the employer, nor does it apply to IRAs.

The annual deferral may not exceed the lesser of:

a. $23,000 for 2024;

b. the maximum deferral amount allowed under the terms of the plan; or

c. the amount that allows the plan to meet the required nondiscrimination tests.

In addition, if you attain age 50 or older by December 31, you may defer an additional $7,500 catch up contribution.
If a plan accepts rollover distributions from other qualified plans, it may also allow for employees to make a rollover contribution before they meet the plan's minimum age and service eligibility requirements. These employees would be considered 'limited participants' in the plan.
Yes, the additional 10% tax applies, with limited exceptions. Exceptions include distributions that are made to a participant after termination of employment after attainment of age 55, distributions that are attributable to an employee being disabled, and distributions that are made to cover deductible medical expenses.

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