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On July 24, House Republicans unveiled a broad framework for his or her subsequent part of tax code changes, constructing on the tax cuts enacted final yr as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two-page define for this “Tax Reform 2.0” bundle proposes to (a) make the center class and small enterprise tax cuts everlasting, (b) promote household financial savings, and (c) spur new enterprise innovation by permitting new companies to put in writing off a bigger share of startup prices.
In the retirement space, the framework notes: “It is the perfect time to help local businesses provide retirement plans to their workers — and to help workers participate in those plans so their retirement years are more secure. Tax Reform 2.0 contains a range of proposals to achieve this.” While there aren’t any particulars on particular proposals, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, requires the next measures to advertise household financial savings:
- Universal Savings Accounts (USA accounts): These accounts would “offer a fully flexible savings tool for families,” in line with the framework. Under earlier proposals launched by Rep. Dave Brat, R-VA and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, these accounts can be established and taxed very similar to Roth particular person retirement accounts, besides that quantities contributed may very well be withdrawn tax-free at any time and for any goal. Annual contributions can be capped at $5,500 per particular person, and there can be no “earned income” necessities, no revenue limits on eligibility and no required minimal distribution (RMD) guidelines. It shouldn’t be but clear whether or not all of those particulars will likely be a part of the Brady proposal.
- 529 account growth: This proposal would develop Section 529 schooling financial savings accounts to even be accessible to “pay for apprenticeship fees to learn a trade, cover the cost of home schooling and help pay off student debt.”
- New baby financial savings: This provision would enable “families to access their own retirement accounts penalty-free for expenses when welcoming a new child into the family, whether by birth or adoption,” and permit “families to replenish those accounts in the future.”
Rep. Brady intends for Republican members to make use of the framework for listening periods with constituents again dwelling over the August summer time recess to assist construct consensus inside the GOP caucus, with the intent of taking motion when the lawmakers return in September.
Some specialists consider that whereas the House will probably approve the Tax Reform 2.0 payments in the autumn earlier than the midterm elections, it’s unlikely that the Senate will take them up. Furthermore, if the payments are thought of in the Senate, they might nonetheless want the votes of 9 Democrats in addition to the complete GOP caucus to be accredited.
Where does RESA come into play?
As alluded to in my earlier weblog entry on a separate four-bill package of retirement proposals, there’s additionally some hope (on the a part of retirement business advocates and others) that the financial savings element of Rep. Brady’s plan will embrace all or a portion of the bipartisan Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA), a broad-based initiative with a spread of retirement financial savings proposals, together with increasing the provision of a number of employer plans (MEPs), in addition to selling lifetime revenue by (a) an employer “safe harbor” for annuity supplier choice and (b) a lift in the portability of lifetime revenue merchandise. In a July 25 letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, the US Chamber of Commerce strongly inspired the committee to think about RESA (with some prompt modifications). The letter means that eradicating boundaries to open MEPs, enhancing automated enrollment and escalation options and clarifying the annuity choice secure harbor for outlined contribution plans would assist their members improve entry to retirement plans.
We’ll preserve you posted.
Ways & Means Committee, “House GOP listening session framework (Tax Reform 2.0),” July 24, 2018
Pensions & Investments, “GOP’s new tax-cut framework includes universal savings account,” Bloomberg, July 24, 2018
NAPA Net, “’Tax Reform 2.0’ to include universal savings accounts,” Ted Godbout, July 25, 2018
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Senior Analyst Retirement Research, Invesco Consulting
Senior Analyst Jon Vogler attracts on intensive pension experience to supply retirement thought management for Invesco. In addition to writing Invesco’s Retirement weblog, he tracks legislative and regulatory developments and contributes as a author and editor to a wide range of retirement-related Invesco communications.
Prior to becoming a member of Invesco in 2008, Mr. Vogler spent greater than 25 years in the analysis, writing, compliance and underwriting areas of the retirement companies business, together with roles as a senior advisor at Mutual Benefit Life’s pension consulting firm and as a compliance supervisor in the Automatic Data Processing retirement companies division.
Mr. Vogler earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Competent Toastmaster (CTM) designations. He earned a BA diploma in historical past from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.