Presented by Beverly McBride, CDFA™
For many Americans, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in an immediate
need for funds that can provide financial stability. In response, lawmakers have lessened
financial burdens through stimulus legislation that includes several temporary rule changes to
retirement account withdrawals.
Let’s look at some of the changes—and how you can access your retirement funds if you are
experiencing financial distress.
CARES Act May Provide Short-Term Relief
Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
(CARES Act) is an unprecedented $2.2 trillion relief package that includes provisions (described
below) allowing for the temporary relaxation of several key retirement account rules.
A waiver of the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty for retirement account distributions.
The CARES Act waives the 10 percent early withdrawal penalty tax normally assessed on preage 59½ withdrawals, up to $100,000, across all retirement plan or IRA accounts, if you meet at
least one of the following criteria:
• You have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Your spouse or dependent has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
• You face adverse financial circumstances arising from COVID-19, including, but not
limited to, being quarantined, having work hours reduced, being laid off, or being unable
to work because of a lack of childcare.
Further, if you receive a distribution for the reasons above, you may waive the 20 percent
mandatory federal tax withholding. You may roll the distributed amount back into your
retirement plan or IRA within three years from the date the distribution was taken. If you choose not to return the funds into a qualified account, you will owe taxes on the distributed amount (which also can be repaid over three years).
Increased retirement plan loan maximums.
If you are affected by COVID-19; meet one of the criteria above; and your employer allows you to take a loan from your 401(k), 403(b), or other retirement plan account, you may take the lesser of $100,000 or 100 percent of your vested account balance (a significant increase from the 50 percent of your vested account balance, up to a maximum of $50,000, under normal rules). If you take a loan between March 27, 2020, and December 31, 2020, you may delay the loan repayment for up to one year.
A temporary waiver of required minimum distributions (RMDs).
Generally, when you turn 72 (or 70½ if you reached that age on or before December 31, 2019), you must take an RMD from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified retirement plan account. If you were required to take an RMD in 2020 (either from your own IRA or defined contribution plan account or as a beneficiary taking life-expectancy payments), the CARES Act waives that requirement.
How can you benefit?
Because RMDs are calculated on your account value at the end of the previous year—when
account values were likely significantly higher than they are in current depressed market
conditions—not taking an RMD in 2020 could allow you to avoid withdrawing an inflated
amount and paying a bigger tax bill.
Guidance for Your Retirement Account
Under normal circumstances, withdrawing retirement funds is not recommended; however, given the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial security of millions of Americans, you may turn to retirement accounts to keep you afloat. We can help guide you through this difficult time and determine whether removing funds from your retirement account makes sense for you.
This material has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute either tax or legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a tax preparer, professional tax advisor, or lawyer.
Beverly McBride, CDFA™ is located at 400 Main St. Cottage 5 St. Simons Island GA 31522 and can be reached at 912.268.2176 Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed Insurance products and services offered through Crew Financial Collective.
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