What is the “Secure Act 2.0”?

 In Asset Protection Planning, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Government Benefits, Tax Law

On March 29, 2022, the House of Representatives passed the Securing a Strong Retirement Act (“the Act”) with a bipartisan vote of 414 to 5.

The Act has been nick-named the “Secure Act 2.0” as it aims to build upon the 2019 legislation by improving employee retirement savings opportunities.


Noteworthy changes passed by the House include:

Mandatory Automatic Enrollment/Escalation: this would require employers to automatically enroll their newly hired employees in retirement contribution plans at 3% of the employee’s pay, increasing annually by 1% to at least 10% but no more than 15% of an employee’s paycheck.

Increase 401(k) Catch-Up Contributions: Keeping the existing 401(k) and 403(b) catch-up contribution limits for those aged 50, the Act would increase the annual catch-up limit for those aged 62-64 from $6,500 to $10,000 beginning in 2024.

Allow Roth Matching Contributions: Beginning in 2023, employers matching contributions would allow employees to elect some or all of their matching contributions to be designated as Roth contributions.

Delay Mandatory Distributions: the RMD distribution age would further increase to:

  • 73 starting in 2023
  • 74 starting in 2030
  • 75 starting in 2033

Expedite Part-Time Worker’s participation: The SECURE Act 2.0 would shorten the period for eligibility from three years to two years.

Authorize Student-Loan Matching: Under the SECURE Act 2.0, employers would have a statutory basis for matching contributions based upon employees’ student loan payments, regardless of whether the employee is making retirement contributions.


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