What You Need to Know
- The Keeping Your Retirement Act aims to increase the RMD age to 75.
- Separately, the Increasing Retirement Amount Act would boost IRA contribution limits.
- Close to 30% of American workers did not have access to a retirement plan at work, as of 2020.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, introduced legislation Monday to raise the required minimum distribution age from 72 to 75 for certain retirement accounts and also allow workers who don’t have access to a workplace retirement plan to increase their IRA contribution limit.
As it stands now, individuals who are at least 72 years old must make RMD withdrawals from their retirement accounts. “These premature withdrawals can unnecessarily shrink people’s hard-earned savings,” Kennedy said.
RMDs “also increase the taxable income of seniors who are still working, which may push some seniors into higher income brackets and potentially increase their tax liability,” Kennedy said.
The Increasing Retirement Amount Act would increase the IRA contribution limit to $12,000 per year for individuals without a retirement plan at work and boost the IRA contribution limit to $15,000 per year for individuals who are at least 50 years old and who don’t have a workplace retirement plan.
“Americans cannot contribute more than $6,000 per year to their IRAs, whether or not their employers offer a retirement plan,” Kennedy said.
“Contributions to traditional IRAs are tax-deductible,” he added. “In 2017, 50% of IRA owners who contributed to their traditional IRAs made the maximum contribution. As of March 2020, 29% of American workers did not have access to a retirement plan through their employers.”