November 2011 Archive

Views on the fairness and effectiveness of 401(k) retirement savings incentives

November 21, 2011

There are active discussions in Congress about decreasing contribution limits to 401(k) and other defined contribution plans. These discussions are driven, in part, by current pressure to "fix" the budget problem. Advocates of fundamental tax reform propose reducing marginal tax rates and eliminating or reducing special tax treatment for certain programs. The list of targets for elimination/reduction typically includes retirement savings tax incentives and, specifically, DC tax benefits. (Details of those initiatives are provided in our earlier article.) Read More

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