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The IRS released guidance on Aug. 25 that addressed Section 603 of the SECURE 2.0 Act concerning Roth catch-up contributions. The guidance grants a two-year delay in the provision's effective date that mandates that catch-up contributions must be Roth for those earning more than $145,000. More... READ MORE
Voya Financial will serve as the recordkeeper for the new Secure Retirement 403(b) Pooled Employer Plan (PEP), the firm announced July 28. Launched by The Platinum 401k, Inc., the PEP apparently is the first 403(b) program to the market following enactment of the SECURE 2.0 Act late in 2022, which... READ MORE
The recent 2023 NTSA Summit provided a unique opportunity to connect and also to gain from the insights of industry experts. Following is a quick rundown of our coverage of the event.  NTSA Leadership Stubbs Takes the Helm as 2023 NTSA President READ MORE
On May 23, Congress sent a letter to the Treasury Department informing Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel that it will introduce legislation to fix several technical errors contained in SECURE 2.0. Signed by four prominent SECURE 2.0 figures—House Ways and Means Committee... READ MORE
Are retirement plans SECURE? American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff, NTSA Executive Director Nathan Glassey, and ARA Director of Federal and State Legislative Affairs Andrew Remo at the Feb. 26 opening session of the 2023 NTSA Summit in Tampa, FL discussed Washington’s take on that. And,... READ MORE
“When you hear the words SECURE 2.0, what comes to mind?” Sue Diehl, President of PenServ Plan Services, asked panelists at the outset of “Starting “Points: Implementation Implications for SECURE 2.0 and Other Recent Changes," a session dedicated to explaining the 403(b) implementation challenges... READ MORE
While the original SECURE Act increased tax credits for small employer plans, SECURE 2.0 significantly increases the available tax credits—including some that could cover the costs of operating/administering a small plan for up to three years. Here is an overview of the small employer tax credits... READ MORE
There’s nothing like a global pandemic to fuel interest in, if not the need for, emergency savings, writes Nevin Adams in MarketBeat. Indeed, he continues, there are a half dozen provisions in the new SECURE 2.0 designed to make it easier for workers to tap into their retirement savings — two aimed... READ MORE
The American Retirement Association (ARA) recently identified what it calls a “significant technical error” in the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 regarding catch-up contributions. Specifically, according to wording in the current legislation, beginning in 2024, no participants will be able to make catch-... READ MORE
Increasing and securing retirement income is “an area where Congress is willing to act,” high-profile retirement income expert Wade Pfau says, pointing to the SECURE 2.0 as proof. The popular bipartisan legislation allows individuals to buy QLACs to satisfy all their RMD requirements up to $200,... READ MORE
In a changing of the guard, Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) has been selected by the House Republican leadership to take over as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, but what does that mean for retirement policy? Overall, Rep. Smith appears to be somewhat of a blank slate in this area... READ MORE
Below is a table providing descriptions and effective dates for the key provisions contained in the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, which was enacted Dec. 29, 2022, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (P.L. 117-328). Dec. 29, 2022, will now serve as the date of enactment (DOE), where... READ MORE
There was plenty of activity in 2022 affecting plans, participants, employers, and service providers, and NTSA Net was there. But the year that was also provided copious reminders that content that provides nuts-and-bolts information is critically important.  The top 10 posts on NTSA Net in 2022... READ MORE
While it came down to the wire, both the House and Senate have now approved the much-anticipated SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 as part of the mammoth $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.  For months, it was anticipated that Congress would attach a final SECURE 2.0 package to a year-end spending bill, but... READ MORE
After months of speculation on whether the House and Senate would attach a final retirement security legislative package with a must-do, year-end spending bill, we now have an answer. While most were nestled all snug in their beds in the waning hours of Dec. 19, House and Senate leaders released... READ MORE
With speculation running rampant on whether Congress will approve the SECURE Act 2.0 in the remaining days of the 117th Congress, we sat down with American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff to get his take on what he sees happening, and what advisors and plan sponsors should be considering. ... READ MORE
With Congress poised to pass another comprehensive retirement policy bill this year — a new analysis underwritten by the American Retirement Association shows the dramatic impact on retirement savings — and retirement coverage — this bill could have. This legislation — nicknamed SECURE 2.0, as it... READ MORE
The Senate Finance Committee Chairman apparently remains bullish on the prospects that follow-on legislation to the original SECURE Act will be enacted this year during the lame-duck session.   Speaking to reporters Nov. 15 on a press call, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who is Chairman of the tax-writing... READ MORE
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to return this week for a lame-duck session, but the dust hasn’t settled yet on the elections and time is running short, including whether the SECURE Act 2.0 will cross the finish line. Here’s where things stand and what is known so far. In late... READ MORE
Feeling SECURE? We’re still fairly new at implementing the first one, and here comes the second. In an Oct. 24 session of the 2022 ASPPA Annual conference, two industry experts offered a deep dive into what part two may portend — and that includes 403(b)s.  “The legislative process is a mystery,”... READ MORE