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Washington Perspective

Washington Perspective

A Message From Angela Montez, ICMA-RC's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

IRS Provides Additional Guidance/Relief on Required Minimum Distributions

July 2, 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-51, which provides guidance on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s waiver of required minimum distributions (RMD).

IRS Provides Additional CARES Act Plan Distribution and Loan Relief Guidance

July 2, 2020

On June 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-50, which provides guidance on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s retirement plan distribution and loan relief provisions.

IRS Allows for Remote Notarization for Spousal Consent

June 17, 2020

On June 3, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-42 which provides 2020 relief for what is known as the “physical presence” requirement for spousal consent.

DOL Issues Final Electronic Disclosure Safe Harbor Rules

June 10, 2020

Recently issued final rules from DOL outlines rules for electronic delivery of plan-related communications and actions participants can take.

IRS Extends Certain Time-Sensitive Deadlines Until July 15

April 21, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-23. This guidance extends the deadlines until July 15, 2020 for certain actions required by the federal tax rules that are otherwise due to be performed on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020.

Legislation To Allow 403(b) Plans To Invest In Lower-Cost Investments Introduced In House

March 31, 2020

On March 12, 2020, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the Public Service Retirement Fairness Act to permit 403(b) plans to invest in Collective Investment Trusts (CITs).

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Signed into Law

March 30, 2020

The $2 trillion stimulus bill, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and addresses a range of economic and health-related issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are retirement-related provisions and implications of the CARES Act:

IRS Releases First Guidance on SECURE Act

March 18, 2020

Many provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 Act became effective on January 1, 2020. Because of this, providers, plan sponsors and industry groups began to immediately seek guidance and relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury following the SECURE Act 's enactment on December 20, 2019.

New Webinar on SECURE Act Changes and Impact

March 10, 2020

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law in late 2019 and is the first significant retirement legislation in more than a decade. ICMA-RC and Mike Hadley, partner in the law firm Davis & Harman, LLP, presented a discussion of the SECURE Act and its impact on governmental retirement plans. View the recorded webinar now. If you have any questions, please reach out to your ICMA-RC representative.

ICMA-RC Encourages Public Sector Employees to Take Action during America Saves Week

February 24, 2020

As part of America Saves Week 2020 (ASW), which takes place February 24 – February 29, 2020, ICMA-RC is spreading the message of saving successfully by urging public sector employees to assess their 2020 savings goals and take the necessary actions to make sure they are on track for a secure retirement.

A Message From Angela Montez, ICMA-RC's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer

Advocacy and Thought Leadership

ICMA-RC works with industry groups and meets with key Congressional staff at the Federal level as well as representatives at the State level to share our perspectives on policies and legislation we believe will positively impact plan sponsors and participants and better enable us to fulfill our mission of helping public employees build retirement security. Read more.

We encourage you to use this resource for updates on these and other retirement-planning topics as they develop.

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