In response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act contains a number of essential measures important to the financial security of the American population. This far-reaching legislation offers protection and support to small businesses, hospitals, and individuals, such as more flexibility with your retirement accounts. Here, we’ll discuss some of the changes and the impact they may bring to your retirement income strategies:

1. Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are suspended for 2020. These include 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457(b) plans, and IRAs. This gives retirees the opportunity to leave their investment portfolios alone for another year to recover losses incurred during the volatile markets. Those that have already taken their RMD for 2020, the CARES Act doesn’t allow for repayment of the RMD back to their retirement plan. However, there’s a 60-day grace period which allows RMDs to be rolled over into a new IRA.1
2. Roth IRA conversions during this time could result in substantial tax savings while markets are down, and tax rates are lower. Since the bill allows you to skip RMDs for 2020, you can convert assets from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA without having to satisfy the typically required RMD.2
3. Cash contributions to qualified charities are fully deductible up to 100% of a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (up from 60% previously). Taxpayers who don’t itemize their deductions are entitled to a “above-the-line” deduction of up to $300 for qualified charitable contributions.3