IRS grants relief by announcing a two-year extension of the SECURE 2.0 Roth catch-up requirement

What's happening
On August 25, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service announced an administrative transition period for the first two taxable years of the SECURE 2.0 Section 603 requirement that all participants whose FICA earnings exceed $145,000 in the prior year must make age 50 catch-up contributions as Roth. Plans will now have through December 31, 2025 to comply with the regulation.
What should you do now?
By December 31, 2025, if you do not offer Roth deferrals and would like to offer age 50 catch-up contributions to all participants, you will need to add Roth. We suggest that you consult with your legal counsel to determine the plan design that will be best for your plan and participants.
Nationwide® will reach out to you with more information. In the meantime, you may review the decision-tree document below to consider what steps you'll need to take in the future. You may also contact Nationwide at 877-496-1630 for more information.

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Required action needed from plan
You will need to track FICA wages and provide this information to your recordkeeper to comply with the new provision before January 1, 2026. We also recommend that you communicate to your participants exceeding $145,000 in FICA wages in the prior calendar year that, starting in 2026, their age 50 catch-up contributions will be made as Roth.

Please note, this decision tree involves plan design changes and/or amendments, and we suggest that you consult with your legal counsel.