In December 2022, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation as part of the SECURE 2.0 Act codifying an opportunity for employers to provide matching contributions within a tax-qualified retirement plan based on their employees’ qualified student loan payments outside the plan. This On the Subject discusses the SECURE 2.0 student loan benefit and other employer options for providing tax-advantaged benefits to employees based on student loan payments. It also examines the open questions and current implementation challenges for sponsors of 401(k) and 403(b) plans hoping to implement the student loan benefit.

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