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Secure Act 2.0 Provisions – What’s New for 2024

December 18, 2023

On December 23, 2022, Congress officially passed the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) 2.0 as part of a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package, with the bill signed into law by President Biden eight days later on December 29th. The legislation was aimed at helping Americans better prepare for their financial future while strengthening the retirement system for both employers and employees.

Some of the provisions of SECURE 2.0 are scheduled to be put in place in 2024 and beyond. Let’s take a look a couple of those coming changes.

Ability to roll unused dollars in a 529 college savings account to a Roth IRA in the beneficiary’s name.

Prior to the Act, unused savings in a 529 account could either be held for another family member or withdrawn for non-education purposes and earnings subject to taxation and penalty. SECURE 2.0 allows for up to $35,000 (lifetime) of unused 529 funds to help jumpstart retirement savings for a beneficiary in the form of a Roth IRA. There are several requirements including that the 529 must have been funded for at least 15 years. If this is of interest to you, we are happy to discuss details.

Designated Roth IRA accounts under a qualified retirement plan (i.e., 401(k)) will not be subject to RMDs during a participant’s lifetime.

Prior to the SECURE Act 2.0, any Roth dollars that remained in a participant’s 401(k) were subject to required minimum distributions (RMDs). This was the main difference between a Roth 401(k) and a Roth IRA as RMDs are not required for a Roth IRA during the owner’s lifetime. The SECURE Act 2.0 simply aligned the requirements between the two types of retirement accounts for those who maintain dollars in their employer’s/form employer’s retirement plan.

All catch-up contributions for those 50+ are subject to Roth treatment for those earning more than $145,000.

Originally there was an effective date of January 1, 2024 for this provision, which would no longer allow additional tax deduction for catch-up contributions for those individuals earning more than $145,000. Due to administrative challenges for retirement plan custodians, there is a delay in this provision’s effectiveness to January 1, 2026.

Have questions about these new provisions and how they may benefit you? We are always here to help.

This material was created for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as ERISA, tax, legal or investment advice. If you are seeking investment advice specific to your needs, such advice services must be obtained on your own separate from this educational material.