Tag: hardship withdrawals

Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals

Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.

Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes

New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.