Archives for February 21, 2023

Social Security Webinar Recap

Recap: Navigating Social Security Webinar 2/15/2023

Are you approaching retirement age or looking to learn more about Social Security? Understanding how this government program works is crucial for securing a stable financial future. In a recent talk, Eric Lazzari and Kelly Hahn provided valuable insights into Social Security and its benefits.

Kelly Hahn provided an overview of the basics of Social Security, including how benefits are calculated, the strategy of when to claim, and the future of Social Security. She discussed how Social Security is taxed and the different claiming decisions for own, spousal, and survivor benefits. The government is more flexible in terms of what to claim and when for survivor benefits, and it pays off to claim later for higher earners.

Hahn also highlighted that there is an earnings test that applies if you are claiming Social Security benefits before full retirement age and you are working. Therefore, it’s essential to consider the expected rate of return on your portfolio and expected longevity to determine when it pays off to claim Social Security.

The future of Social Security is also a topic of concern for many people. Hahn explained that Social Security payments are funded by taxes, and the trust fund is expected to be depleted by 2035. However, she reassured the audience that Congress is unlikely to cut benefits for current retirees.

In conclusion, understanding Social Security is critical to your financial future. As you approach retirement, it’s essential to consider your options for claiming benefits and to understand how Social Security fits into your overall financial plan. Keep in mind that the rules for Social Security are complex, and it’s worth seeking professional advice to ensure you make the most of your benefits.

SECURE Act 2.0 Webinar recap

Recap: SECURE Act 2.0 Webinar

Greetings fellow business owners, have you heard the news about the Secure Act 2.0? This newly enacted law is a game-changer when it comes to retirement plans, and it has some exciting provisions that could benefit you and your employees.

Secure Act 2.0 includes provisions to expand plan coverage, increase retirement savings, preserve retirement income, and simplify retirement plan rules for plan sponsors. This means that it’s now easier than ever for your employees to save for their future, and it’s simpler for you to offer retirement plans to your workforce. Plus, there are new tax credits for small businesses that make it even more enticing to provide retirement plans to your employees.

One of the most significant changes is the ability to allow employer matching or non-elective contributions to be treated as Roth contributions. This is a fantastic way to help your employees save more money for their future, while also providing tax benefits for your business. Additionally, the IRS is changing the penalty for failure to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from 50% to 25%, which can be a significant relief for those who may have overlooked this requirement in the past.

Furthermore, new 401(k) plans must include an auto-enrollment feature after the 2022 plan year, making it easier for your employees to start saving for their future. And for those who like to keep things interesting, Secure Act 2.0 also allows Simple IRAs to include Roth contributions, 401(k) plans to upgrade to a 401(k) plan during the year, and 529 plans to rollover to Roth IRAs.

However, it’s important to note that implementing these changes isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Plan sponsors must decide which provisions to add to their plans and coordinate with payroll departments and plan providers to implement the changes. Also, plans must provide a paper benefit statement at least once a year for defined contribution plans and once every three years for DB plans.

In conclusion, Secure Act 2.0 is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your retirement plans and help your employees save more money for their future. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the new changes, make sure to talk to your plan provider or financial advisor about how to implement these provisions in a way that benefits both your employees and your business.

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