CARES Act Summary for Retirement Plan Sponsors

April 9, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has made its impact throughout the United States.  Not only has it had a significant effect to the economy, it has changed nearly every Americans’ way of life.  It has most definitely made its mark on your company, which may present serious financial difficulties for your employees.

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law.  In addition to the stimulus aid for businesses and families, the Care Act provides provisions for plan sponsors to assist participants dealing with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The provisions are immediately available in the form of expanded plan distributions and loan options.  Plans, not currently allowing in-service withdrawals or participant loans, may implement the provisions and adopt plan amendments retroactively.

Participants taking advantage of the coronavirus relief provisions, whether a distribution and/or a loan, must be a Qualified Individual.

A Qualified Individual is:

The plan sponsor may rely upon the participant’s certification he/she meets the criteria to be considered a Qualified Individual.


 Coronavirus – Related Distribution

Coronavirus – Related Loan Relief

Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)

Under current law, individuals at age 72 must take an RMD from their DC plans and IRAs.  The CARE Act provides relief from the required minimum distribution rules.

Defined Benefit Plan Relief

Plan Amendments

Acumen Wealth Advisors remains a resource for you and your employees.  We are here to help in this time of uncertainty.  We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.






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