Congress Eyes Further Retirement Savings Enhancements
Understanding the SECURE 2.0 Act
In 2019, the bipartisan Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), the first significant legislation related to retirement savings since 2006, became law. Now Congress appears ready to build on that law to further increase Americans’ retirement security. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing a Strong Retirement Act by a 414-5 vote. Also known as SECURE 2.0, the bill contains numerous provisions that, if enacted, would affect both individuals and employers in the following areas.
Currently, qualified individuals age 50 or older can make catch-up contributions, on top of the standard contribution limits, to certain retirement accounts — an extra $6,500 for 401(k) plan accounts and $3,000 for SIMPLE plans. Beginning in 2024, SECURE 2.0 would boost those figures for individuals age 62 to 64 to $10,000 for 401(k)s and $5,000 for SIMPLE plans (indexed for inflation). In addition, the $1,000 annual catch-up for IRAs, which hasn’t changed in years, would be indexed going forward.
The bill also would change the taxation of catch-up contributions, reducing the upfront tax savings for those who max out their annual contributions. Such contributions would be treated as post-tax Roth contributions starting in 2023. Under existing law, you can choose whether to make catch-up contributions on a pre- or post-tax basis. SECURE 2.0 would also allow you to determine whether your employer’s matching contributions should be treated as pre- or post-tax. Currently, these contributions can be pre-tax only.
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