3 Ways The SECURE Act 2.0 Changes Iowan’s RMDs

SECURE 2.0 is expected to reshape retirement tax incentives for years to come since the retirement savings law makes numerous changes to existing retirement account rules. Here’s what you need to know about changes to RMDs.

The Secure Act 2.0 has brought a wave of changes to the retirement landscape, including significant alterations to the way Iowans handle Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).

These changes will have an impact on the way Iowans plan for their retirement in the coming years. Whether you’re already retired or still saving for the future, it’s important to understand the changes and how they may affect you. Below, we’ll delve into the key changes brought by the Secure Act 2.0 and explore the implications for Iowans. From increased age limits for RMDs, to the elimination of RMDs from a 401(k) and more.

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Raised Age for RMDs

As of 2023, the Secure Act 2.0 raised the age for taking RMDs from 72 to 73. This means that individuals who reach the age of 73 this year must start taking their RMDs no later than April 1st, 2024. It is important to note that those who delay their first RMD until early 2024 will be required to take two distributions in that year. One for 2023 and one for 2024.

Raising the age has many benefits from a financial planning perspective. It can temporarily reduce premiums for Medicare Part B and D. Many Medicare premiums are tied to income, and the distributions from retirement accounts raise taxpayers’ income. By delaying the increase in annual income, more retirees can afford to keep premiums lower for an extended period of time.

Elimination of RMDs from a 401(k)

As of 2024, investors with employer retirement plans like Roth 401(k) will no longer be required to take RMDs. This aligns Roth 401(k) accounts with Roth IRAs, which don’t have a lifetime distribution requirement. This difference was a significant factor causing Roth 401(k) holders to transfer their funds to Roth IRAs. This is done mainly to help avoid RMDs and help keep retirement savings growing tax-free.

However, there are alternatives you can consider. The quality of your workplace retirement plan determines whether investment options, fees, and service levels are better in Roth 401(k) or Roth IRA. Employers being able to match contributions to Roth accounts may result in more Roth assets in workplace plans in the future.

Reducing Tax Penalties

Withdrawal regulations in Iowa can be complex, and an error can have costly consequences. The IRS imposes a tax penalty on account holders who don’t withdraw the full RMD or miss the annual deadline. The recent change in law has reduced the tax penalty for such errors to 25% of the RMD amount, which can further be reduced to 10% if the mistake is corrected promptly. The IRS may waive penalties if the taxpayer can prove the error was reasonable and steps are being taken to rectify it.

Final Thoughts

The Secure Act 2.0 has brought about many changes to the way Iowans handle their RMDs. These changes may require pre-retirees and retirees alike to reassess their retirement plans and adjust their investment strategies accordingly. Fortunately, Johnson Wealth and Income Management is here to help.

If you’re looking for an Iowa-based Fiduciary to help you understand legislation changes, Johnson Wealth and Income Management is your answer. As a proud Iowa-based firm with locations in Humboldt and Clear Lake, (serving clients throughout Iowa and southern Minnesota) our commitment is to help you work towards achieving all your financial goals and to help provide you with a “worry free” retirement.

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