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Congress Tells Treasury to Expect SECURE 2.0 Technical Fixes

Jun 14, 2023 2:05:28 PM
written by The Retirement Group

In late May 2023, Congress sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel saying that it will introduce legislation to correct several technical errors in the SECURE 2.0 Act. The letter, signed by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, respectively, and Representatives Jason Smith (R-MO) and Richard Neal (D-MA), chair and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, respectively, describes four provisions in SECURE 2.0 with problematic language.

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posted in Financial Planning, Technology, 2023, SECURE Act, Treasury, Congress

SECURE 2.0 Offers New Options for 529 Plans and Student Loan Payments

Jun 1, 2023 12:30:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

In December 2022, Congress passed the SECURE 2.0 Act. It introduced two new rules relating to 529 plans and student debt that will take effect in 2024.

The first provision allows for tax- and penalty-free rollovers from a 529 plan to a Roth IRA. The second provision allows student loan payments made by employees to qualify for employer retirement matching contributions. The overall goal is to help young adults start saving for retirement.

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posted in Financial Planning, Student Loans, 2023, SECURE Act, 529 Plans

SECURE 2.0 Helps Small Employers Help Their Employees

May 13, 2023 12:00:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Approximately 78% of people who work for companies with fewer than 10 employees and about 65% of those who work for companies with 10 to 24 employees do not have access to a retirement plan at work. 1 That's unfortunate, because workers with a retirement plan are far more likely to save for retirement than those without a plan. In 2022, 62% of those without a retirement plan had accumulated less than $1,000 for retirement, compared with 71% of those with a plan who had saved at least $50,000. More than four in 10 workers with access to a work-based plan had amassed a quarter million dollars or more. 2

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posted in Financial Planning, Employer, 2023, SECURE Act

SECURE 2.0 Adds New Early Withdrawal Exceptions

Apr 13, 2023 12:09:00 PM
written by The Retirement Group

The SECURE 2.0 Act, passed as part of an omnibus spending bill in December 2022, added new exceptions to the 10% federal income tax penalty for early withdrawals from tax-advantaged retirement accounts. The Act also expanded an existing exception that applies specifically to employer plans. These exceptions are often called 72(t) exceptions, because they are listed in Section 72(t) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The 10% penalty tax generally applies to withdrawals prior to age 59½ from IRAs, employer-sponsored plans [such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans], and traditional pension plans, unless an exception applies. The penalty is assessed on top of ordinary income taxes.

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posted in Financial Planning, Withdrawal, 2023, SECURE Act

Five Ways SECURE 2.0 Changes the Required Minimum Distribution Rules

Feb 17, 2023 9:18:20 AM
written by The Retirement Group

The SECURE 2.0 legislation included in the $1.7 trillion appropriations bill passed late last year builds on changes established by the original Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE 1.0) enacted in 2019. SECURE 2.0 includes significant changes to the rules that apply to required minimum distributions from IRAs and employer retirement plans. Here's what you need to know.

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posted in Financial Planning, Retirement, RMDs, IRS, SECURE Act

Retirement Investors Get Another Boost from Washington

Dec 29, 2022 3:36:23 PM
written by The Retirement Group

Amid the 1,650-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending legislation passed by Congress last week and expected to be signed by President Biden were several provisions affecting work-sponsored retirement plans and, to a lesser degree, IRAs. Dubbed the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 after the similarly sweeping Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act passed in 2019, the legislation is designed to improve the current and future state of retiree income in the United States.

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posted in Financial Planning, 2022, SECURE Act

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