Colorado Secure Savings Program starts in 2023 Requirements

Legislative Summary:

Senate Bill 20-200 was originally proposed in March 2020 and jointly sponsored by state Senators Kerry Donovan (D) and Brittany Pettersen (D) and state Representatives Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) and KC Becker (D). SB20-200 . The Colorado Senate passed the bill on June 6th and the House passed it on June 12th.  The Senate ratified the amended bill on June 13th, 2020

Program Description:

Colorado Secure Savings is a new retirement savings (Automatic IRA) program, created by the Colorado Secure Savings Board in the Department of the Treasury. The program is meant to prepare people for retirement by nudging them into saving money, which means facilitating automatic enrollment of every employee into a state-facilitated payroll-deduct Roth IRA.

Affected Employers:

Colorado employers (who have been in business for two or more years) with five or more employees (who have worked for you for at least 180 days), and do not currently offer a payroll-deduct retirement savings program (e.g., 401k plan). 

General Requirement:

Automatic enroll employees at 5% deferral with annual increases of 1% (up to a maximum of 10%) of the enrollee’s wages.  Every affected employer must register and choose to opt-in or claim exemption.

Launch Status:

October 1, 2022

Full Implementation:

Deadline Affected Employers
March 15, 2023 50+ Employees
May 15, 2023 15 - 49 Employees
June 30, 2023 5 - 14 Employees

Compliance Deadline:

February 1, 2024 - 5+ Employees

Non-Compliance Penalties:

$100/employee, up to $5,000, for any part of a calendar year that employer is non-compliant

Employer Costs:

N/A

Employee Costs:

1.24% account balance

Investments:

The program offers a suite of target date funds (TDFs), as the default investment option, and additional investment options - including capital preservation, core fixed income, global equity and balanced ESG funds.

Program Website:

Colorado Secure Savings Program