SECURE Act: Penalty-free Withdrawals from Retirement Plans for Individuals in Case of Birth or Adoption (Section 113)

The SECURE Act contains a number of provisions aimed at expanding Americans’ access to their retirement accounts. One such new viable option adds an exception under which 401(k) participants and IRA owners can withdraw up to $5,000 for expenses related to a qualified birth or adoption. Under the arrangement, the 10% early withdrawal penalty is waived, but applicable income taxes (including capital gains taxes) still apply at the individual’s ordinary income rate.

The new provision is effective for distributions made after December 31, 2019. However, in order to qualify for the exception, the distribution must be made during the one-year period beginning on the date on which the living child is born (stillborn children don’t qualify) or the adoption (adoptees must be under 18) is finalized, which means it can’t be used for costs incurred leading up to a planned birth or adoption.

New parents can opt to repay the withdrawal amount; it is not considered a loan and would be treated as a rollover.

 

 

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