Important retirement plan changes in the recent Omnibus bill
Increased Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Age
The first SECURE Act passed in 2019 increased the RMD age to 72. The SECURE Act 2.0
raises those ages again in 2 stages. Starting January 1st of 2023, the RMD age increases to
73. For those born after 1950 it is increased to 75 beginning in 2033.
One of the questions many diligent savers have regarding 529 plans is what to do with
unused funds. After beneficiaries complete their withdrawals, the typical 529 account is
liquidated and becomes after-tax investment capital of the account's owner. The SECURE
Act 2.0 will allow 529 plan beneficiaries to make rollovers of up to $35,000 from 529
accounts into their Roth IRAs.
The rollover amount is limited each year to the Roth IRA contribution limits, meaning it
would take several years of rollovers to exhaust the $35,000 lifetime limit. Nonetheless,
this opens the door to a tax-friendly alternative to traditional strategies for unused 529
New Emergency Savings Accounts
Finally, Congress is allowing the creation of a new type of savings account for retirement
savers. In an effort to address the tendency of individuals to rely on retirement savings for
emergency expenses, a new type of emergency savings account will be allowed in which
employees can make 4 withdrawals each year without any penalty. Annual contributions
are capped at $2,500, and when leaving employment the employee may roll these
emergency savings accounts into a Roth IRA.
IRA Catch-Up limit increases
The IRS allows those in their final working years to make extra contributions to retirement
accounts known as “catch-up” contributions. Typically, every few years Congress will
increase the catch-up limit to adjust for inflation, but the SECURE Act 2.0 will let the
catch-up limit increase with inflation automatically each year without requiring extra
legislation from Congress. Additionally, those turning age 60-63 years old in 2025 will
have the catch-up limits on their employer sponsored retirement plans increased from
$6,500 to $10,000.
Robert Lloyd, CFA®
Chief Investment Officer
Lloyds Intrepid Wealth Management
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