Hardship Distributions May Be Permitted for California Severe Winter Storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration on March 10, 2023, for severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in California, for the incident period beginning March 9, 2023.

Employers with qualified retirement plans may allow participants to take hardship distributions if they have incurred expenses and losses because of a FEMA-declared disaster, and their principal residence or place of employment at the time of the disaster is located in an area designated by FEMA as eligible for individual disaster assistance.

If the employer permits hardship distributions for expenses and losses related to a federally declared disaster, participants can check fema.gov/locations to determine if they are located in a disaster area designated for individual assistance.

The IRS may also issue relief related to this disaster for certain tax-related deadlines. Additional information can be found at the IRS Tax Relief in Disaster Situations website.