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What Will It Take to Get Employees to Save for Retirement? SECURE 2.0 Act Allows Nontaxable Incentives to Kick-Start Employee Savings

January 09, 2024 (3 min read)

Incentives are good motivators. The SECURE 2.0 Act (Pub. L. No. 117-328, Div. T), allows employers to offer de minimis financial incentives to employees to participate in their 401(k) or 403(b) plans. IRS just issued Notice 2024-2 providing guidance on a host of SECURE 2.0 Act provisions, including financial incentive-guidance. A financial incentive under $250 will be considered de minimis and can be offered to employees who do not currently have a deferral election in place. Notice 2024-2, Q&A, D-1 through D-6.

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