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Continuing Progress on Legacy Planning Goals

You may have given estate and legacy gift planning some attention but may still have some unfinished business. We are happy to be a resource as you continue your estate and legacy gift planning journey.

1. Required Minimum Distribution Age

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - Starting in 2023, the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs) will increase from 72 to 73. The RMD age will increase again in 2033 to age 75. Individuals who are currently taking RMDs will continue to take a distribution each year based on their age.

2. Catch-Up Contributions

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - Individuals who are age 50 and older are permitted to make an additional catch-up contribution. During 2023, the catch-up contribution for retirement plan participants over age 50 is $7,500. However, starting in 2025 individuals who are 60, 61, 62 or 63 will be permitted to make a larger catch-up contribution. The new amount will be the greater of $10,000 or 150% of the catch-up limit for that year, indexed for inflation.

3. Matching Contributions for Student Loan Payments

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - Many younger workers have substantial student loans and may not be able to make both their student loan payments and fund a retirement plan. Employers will be permitted to match the student loan payments with a contribution to a Section 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plan.

4. Roth 401(k) Plans Exempt from RMDs

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - The Roth IRA is currently exempted from distributions even if the owner has reached the normal RMD age. Starting in 2024, Roth 401(k) plans also will be exempted from RMDs. With no required distributions, Roth IRA and 401(k) plans will be permitted to increase in value during the life of the owner.

What is the difference between a Roth IRA and an Roth 401(k) Plan?

- With a Roth IRA , investors can choose from the entire universe of investments, including individual stocks, bonds and funds.

- In a 401(k) plan they are limited to the funds their employer plan offers.

5. Required Minimum Distribution Penalty

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - The 2022 penalty for failing to take a required minimum distribution is 50%. Starting in 2023, this penalty is reduced to 25%. If the plan participant corrects the failure in a timely manner, the excise tax on the penalty is reduced further to 10%.

6. Section 529 Plans Rollover to Roth IRAs

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - A Section 529 plan is frequently used for college savings. If the 529 plan is no longer required because the beneficiary has completed his or her education, then up to $35,000 of that plan may be rolled over into a Roth IRA for the benefit of that individual.

7. Qualified Charitable Distributions Enhanced

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - The IRA charitable rollover or qualified charitable distribution (QCD) limit of $100,000 for 2023 will be indexed for inflation starting in 2024.

8. Roth Catch-Up Contributions

2023 UPDATE (SECURE ACT 2.0) - Individuals age 50 and above are permitted to make a catch-up contribution to a retirement plan. Starting in 2024, individuals who have incomes over $145,000 will be required to transfer their catch-up contribution to a Roth IRA. This will require them to pay tax on the catch-up contribution, but the future distributions from the Roth account will be tax free.


2022 UPDATE - The SECURE Act became effective on January 1, 2020.
One of the important aspects of the SECURE Act to discuss with your financial advisor is the Stretch Distribution Reduction. If you planned to benefit your children with your IRA , your heirs will now likely pay higher taxes on the inheritance they receive from you as a result of the SECURE Act.

The SECURE Act created the "10-Year Distribution Rule" for most inherited IRAs where the owner passed January 1, 2020 or later. This results in requiring full distribution in 10 years for most beneficiaries who are adult children of the IRA owner. If the owner of an IRA names their adult children as IRA beneficiaries, in many cases these heirs will pay higher taxes on the inheritance they receive than they would have when the Stretch Distribution was in place.

Contact your financial advisor to learn more about the changes included as part of the SECURE Act and how those changes might affect you.

UPDATE OCT 2022: When the "10-Year-Distribution Rule" was created, it was not clear to beneficiaries if the 10-year rule required any RMD for any of the calendar years except for the last year of the 10-year period. This was clarified by the IRS on October 7, 2022. YEARLY RMDS WILL BE REQUIRED STARTING IN 2023.

The significant Stretch Distribution reduction combined with the required RMDs starting in 2023, may cause you to relook at how to distribute any remainder in your IRA. When you revisit your estate plan, consider funding a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust with your IRA balance. This plan can provide lifetime payments to your heirs, spread out the taxes on their inheritance and provide a future gift to United Way or other charity close to your heart.

Contact your financial advisor to learn more about the changes included as part of the SECURE Act and how those changes might affect you.

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Those who last updated their IRA beneficiary designations when the Stretch Distribution on IRAs was still in place may wish to revisit their estate plans. Adult children who have inherited an IRA from a parent who passed January 1, 2020 or later may wish to consult their tax or financial advisor to create a plan for taking distributions.


2022 UPDATE - The CARES Act charitable income tax benefits that applied to contributions made in 2020 and 2021 have not been extended for 2022.

  • There is no above-the-line charitable deduction for filers not itemizing and making a qualified cash contribution to charity. But those age 70½ + can still make a gift through their IRA, reducing their taxable income.)
  • The charitable contribution deduction limit for a gift of cash to a public charity is now back to 60 percent of one's adjusted gross income as the 100 percent limit expired as of December 31, 2021.
  • The required minimum distribution from most retirement plans has been back since 2021.


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