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IRS Guidance on SECURE Act Provides More Detail on Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (“SECURE Act”) made several changes to the rules for certain safe harbor 401(k) plans. One change increased the cap on automatic enrollment safe harbor plans to 15%. Another eliminated certain safe harbor notice requirements for plans that make safe harbor nonelective contributions and added new provisions for the retroactive adoption of safe harbor plans that make nonelective contributions. On December 9, the IRS issued Notice 2020-86 to elaborate on these changes as summarized below.

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