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What’s That New Deduction in My Paycheck? Dealing with New 401(k) Auto-Enrollment Rules

January 23, 2024 (3 min read)

For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, most cash or deferred arrangements (e.g., 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans) established after the SECURE 2.0 Act’s enactment date will be required to have an automatic enrollment feature. Such plan features automatically enroll all eligible employees at described deferral rates and absent any contrary instructions from the employee, provide for a continuing elective deferral contribution invested in the plan's qualified default investment alternative (like a target date retirement fund). Most existing plans are grandfathered from this requirement. Auto-enrollment is just one of the many new SECURE 2.0 Act provisions. Are you prepared?

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