Part 1- SECURE Act 2.0 Updates in 2024: Four ‘Must Know’ Items

We are in our second year of the SECURE Act 2.0, passed at the end of December 2022, and the opportunities and confusion continue. Below is a summary of the key provisions:

Reminder of required minimum distribution (RMD) ages:

  • RMD is age 73 if born 1951–1959
  • RMD is age 72 (or 70½) if born 1950 or earlier

Highlights of SECURE ACT 2.0 provisions effective as of 2024:

  • Up to $35,000 of assets in a 529 Plan maintained for at least 15 years for a designated beneficiary can be rolled over tax-free to a Roth IRA for the beneficiary.
  • The QCD limit has been indexed for inflation and has increased to $105,000.
  • Participants in Roth employer accounts do not need to take required minimum distributions, which puts all Roth accounts on an even playing field.
  • Surviving spouses can delay taking RMDs until the age when their deceased spouses would have been required to start taking RMDs.
  • Employer contributions made on behalf of employees for “qualified student loan payments” are treated as matching contributions for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, SIMPLE IRAs and governmental 457(b) plans.
  • Employee plan sponsors can enact emergency savings accounts for individuals who can make Roth contributions on an after-tax basis to the savings account up to $2,500.
  • Individuals are allowed one penalty-free withdrawal of up to $1,000 per year from IRAs or 401(k)s for unforeseen or immediate financial needs relating to personal or familial emergency expenses.
  • The $1,000 IRA catch-up contribution for people age 50 and above will be indexed for inflation.
  • For SIMPLE IRAs, the annual deferral limit and the catch-up contribution limit at age 50 are increased to 110% of the 2024 plan limit (as indexed).
  • Penalty-free early withdrawals of the lesser of $10,000 or 50% of the employee’s vested account under the plan are permitted in cases of domestic abuse.

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as tax advice. Consult your tax professional.




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