Secure Act 2.0: Recent Changes

Secure Act 2.0: Recent Changes

The SECURE Act 2.0, officially known as the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, is a proposed legislation aimed at improving retirement savings and expanding retirement plan access. If passed into law, this act would introduce several significant changes that could impact individuals’ retirement planning and financial strategies. In this blog post, we will explore the recent changes proposed in the SECURE Act 2.0.

1. Automatic Enrollment and Expanding Access to Retirement Plans

One of the key provisions of the SECURE Act 2.0 is the expansion of automatic enrollment in retirement plans. Currently, automatic enrollment is widely used in employer-sponsored 401(k) plans, as it encourages employees to save for retirement. The proposed legislation seeks to extend this feature to other types of retirement plans, such as 403(b) plans and SIMPLE IRAs. This expansion aims to boost retirement savings by making it easier for individuals to start saving and stay on track.

2. Increased Age for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Under current law, individuals are required to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their retirement accounts, such as traditional IRAs and 401(k)s, once they reach the age of 72. The SECURE Act 2.0 proposes increasing the age for RMDs to 73 in 2022 and gradually raising it to 75 by 2032. This change acknowledges the increasing life expectancy and provides individuals with additional flexibility in managing their retirement savings.

3. Catch-Up Contributions for Individuals 60 and Older

Currently, individuals aged 50 and older are allowed to make catch-up contributions to their retirement accounts. The SECURE Act 2.0 proposes expanding this provision to include individuals who are 60 and older. This change would enable older individuals to invest larger amounts in their retirement savings and potentially help them make up for any shortfall in their retirement planning.

4. Student Loan Match Programs

Recognizing the burden of student loan debt on younger individuals and its impact on retirement savings, the SECURE Act 2.0 proposes the introduction of student loan match programs. These programs would allow employers to make contributions to retirement accounts for employees who are making student loan payments instead of contributing to their retirement plans. This provision aims to address the financial challenges faced by younger individuals and encourage them to start saving for retirement even while managing student loan obligations.

5. Expanded Tax Credits for Small Employers

To encourage small employers to establish and maintain retirement plans for their employees, the SECURE Act 2.0 includes provisions for expanded tax credits. Currently, small businesses can claim a tax credit for starting or maintaining retirement plans. The proposed legislation seeks to increase the tax credit for three years to help offset the costs associated with setting up and administering retirement plans.


The SECURE Act 2.0 introduces several significant changes to retirement planning and savings. The proposed legislation aims to expand access to retirement plans, increase the age for required minimum distributions, provide catch-up contribution opportunities for older individuals, introduce student loan match programs, and expand tax credits for small employers. While these changes are still pending approval and may undergo modifications before becoming law, it is essential for individuals to stay informed about these potential changes and consult with financial professionals to assess their impact on retirement planning strategies.

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