By 2022’s close, SECURE 2.0 had been formally enacted as law. These laws will affect retirement savings for workers of all ages. The second edition of the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) aims to build on the successes of the first. Find out more about SECURE 2.0’s impact on retirement planning.
There may soon be a new incentive for low- and middle-income folks to save for retirement. Under a provision in a legislative plan known as “Secure 2.0” — which is part of an omnibus appropriations package that passed the Senate on Thursday and awaiting a vote in the House — a retirement “saver’s match” would be introduced, thereby altering how a current tax credit operates.
The recent implementation of SECURE 2.0, a federal law on retirement savings, has expanded the options available for early withdrawals from IRA and 401(k) plans. Previously, withdrawing funds before the age of 59½ incurred a 10 percent penalty in addition to income taxes. However, certain circumstances could exempt individuals from this penalty, such as hardship distributions for immediate financial needs, covering education expenses, funeral costs, or first-time home purchases.