On December 23, 2022, the Secure Act 2.0 was passed by Congress and signed into law on December 29. This legislation provides a slate of changes that could help strengthen the retirement system and builds on earlier legislation passed in 2019 called the Secure Act.
There are literally dozens of provisions in the new legislation, and we will be bringing you details in our next blog post. For now, here are the highlights of what you need to know:
- The age to start taking RMDs increases to age 73 in 2023 and to 75 in 2033.
- The penalty for failing to take an RMD will decrease to 25% of the RMD amount, from 50% currently, and 10% if corrected in a timely manner for IRAs.
- Catch-up contributions will increase in 2025 for 401(k), 403(b), governmental plans, and IRA account holders.
- Defined contribution retirement plans will be able to add an emergency savings account associated with a Roth account.
- 529 Plans. After 15 years, 529 plan assets can be rolled over to a Roth IRA for the beneficiary, subject to annual Roth contribution limits and an aggregate lifetime limit of $35,000.
There are many additional changes that require attention or consideration; the changes have various effective dates in 2023, 2024 and 2025. We will be updating you regarding the impact on your financial planning in our next blog post.
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