EB Flash: IRS Updates Section 402(f) Notice For Eligible Rollover Distributions

Employee Benefits Alert
08.07.2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2020-62, which updates the "Section 402(f)" safe harbor notices (last updated in Notice 2018-74) provided to recipients of eligible rollover distributions from qualified retirement plans. The updated notices – one for distributions from designated Roth accounts, the other for all other distributions – reflect changes made by recently enacted legislation, including the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act). The guidance also addresses the effect of changes made in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on this Section 402(f) notice.

The safe harbors can be used to comply with certain information requirements for recipients of eligible rollovers under Internal Revenue Code section 402(f).

The IRS explains that the two safe harbor explanations modify those issued in Notice 2018-74 to reflect:

  • The exception to the 10 percent additional tax under § 72(t)(1) for qualified birth or adoption distributions
  • The increase to age 72 for required minimum distributions for employees born after June 30, 1949 

Section 2202(a) of the CARES Act permits a qualified individual to receive a coronavirus-related distribution (CRD), which is treated as an eligible rollover distribution only for certain purposes, including indirect rollovers. The guidance reiterates that CRDs are not considered eligible rollover distributions under Code sections 401(a)(31), 402(f), and 3405. Therefore, no notice under Code section 402(f) is required for CRD distributions.

The guidance makes other minor clarifications, "including adding that payments of certain premiums for health and accident insurance are not eligible rollover distributions, rearranging bullets for readability, and spelling out acronyms when first used," the IRS notes.

The 29-page text of Notice 2020-62 is posted here.


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