SECURE 2.0 Act – Section 316. Extended Time to Adopt Plan Amendments to Increase Benefit Accruals
Section 316 of the SECURE 2.0 Act (SECURE 2.0) provides additional time for employers to adopt amendments to increase benefit accruals in the preceding plan year.
The original SECURE Act included provisions allowing employers to adopt a new plan retroactive to the prior year, provided that the employer approved the adoption of the plan no later than the employer’s extended tax return due date.
Section 316 of the SECURE 2.0 builds on this expanded amendment deadline to include amendments that increase benefit accruals for the preceding plan year (other than increasing matching contributions).
For example, assume that a profit-sharing plan provided for a profit-sharing contribution of 2% of compensation as of December 31, 2022, the last day of the plan year. Under this change, the employer would be permitted to amend the plan at any time up through the employer’s extended tax return due date (i.e., October 15, 2023) to increase the amount of the 2022 profit-sharing contribution to 3% or any higher amount.
This extended amendment deadline, which is first effective for stock bonus, pension, profit-sharing or annuity plan years beginning after December 31, 2023, does not apply to amendments that decrease benefits or make other plan-related changes.
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About SECURE 2.0
SECURE 2.0 was signed into law by President Biden on Dec. 29, 2022, as part of a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.
This massive piece of legislation builds on the foundation that was laid by the 2019 Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act to further improve upon the success of the private employer-based retirement system by making it easier for businesses to offer retirement plans and for individuals to save for retirement.
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