The IRS is aiming to simplify the hardship withdrawal process, but plan sponsor clients still have to remain mindful of their compliance obligations and safe harbor requirements.
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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 made it easier for retirement plan participants to access hardship withdrawals without taking loans first; since passage of the law, hardships withdrawals are up 40% in Fidelity’s book of business.
And the use of 401(k) loans fell to a nine-year low of 22.5% in 2018, according to T. Rowe Price’s annual participant data benchmarking report.
In the first three quarters of 2018, only 2.2% of participant stopped contributing to their plans, ICI data shows.
Only 2.4% discontinued contributions, a mere 2.8% took withdrawals and just 1.3% took hardship withdrawals, ICI data show
Several provisions of the two-year budget bill affect retirement plans.
The impact is greater for younger investors, as they have a long time horizon for saving, MassMutual finds.
The number of participants taking hardship withdrawals remained less than 1%.