Mar 05

The Secure Act & How It Impacts Your Retirement

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which passed on December 20, 2019, brought the greatest expansion to employer retirement plan law since 2006 when Congress allowed auto-enrollment and target-date funds. It also brought about several important changes for retirement savers.

Effective January 1, 2020, the maximum age limit for making Traditional IRA contributions was eliminated. Previously, individuals could not make additional contributions in the year he or she turned 70 ½ or later.

In addition, the age at which qualified retirement account holders must take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) was raised from age 70 ½ to 72, giving savers more time to take advantage of tax-deferrals.* However, since the law didn't take effect until January 1 of 2020, if you turned 70 1/2 in 2019, your initial RMD will still be due April 1 of this year. For all subsequent years, the deadline for taking RMDs remains December 31.

For more detail on how the SECURE Act may impact your retirement and estate planning, we encourage you to read this summary from LPL Financial. Of course, reach out to your advisor with any questions about how the new law may affect you and your retirement future.


*This information is not intended to be a substitute for individual tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional. 
Securities are offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. Investment advice offered through Northwest Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial. Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU) is not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL offer products and services using Northwest Financial Advisors, and may also be employees of NWFCU. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, NWFCU or Northwest Financial Advisors. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are:
Not Insured by NCUA or Any Other Government Agency   |  Not Credit Union Guaranteed   |   Not Credit Union Deposits or Obligations   |   May Lose Value

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