Two plans to cut the federal deficit could drastically change the tax treatment of 401(k) plans. The first, called the ‘20/20 cap,’ would limit annual 401(k) contributions to $20,000 or 20 percent of salary. The second would end tax deductions for 401(k) plans and replace them with a flat-rate refundable credit.Read More
As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.Read More
Nearly 96 percent of participants enrolled in target-date funds in 2007 were still using them in 2009. And because more target-date fund products are in the marketplace, expenses are dropping. Despite their popularity and lower prices, target-date funds have their critics.
Target-date funds employ a mix of stocks and bonds that are put on a set glide path.Read More
Worker and employer contributions to a 401(k) plan are capped at $49,000 or 100 percent of a worker's pay, whichever is lower, under the current federal tax code.Read More
The U.S. Postal Service would get back $6.9 billion in pension overpayments and use some of that money to encourage at least 100,000 employees to retire early, according to a proposal announced Nov. 2 by a bipartisan group of senators.Read More
These websites have useful tools and information to help compare the differences between Roth and traditional 401(k) plans:Read More
A new survey from the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America shows that more employers are offering Roth 401(k) plans, but many employees aren't taking advantage of this tax strategy.
Aside from health care benefits, the only corporate benefits budget item that grew between 2009 and 2011 was corporate 401(k) plans, which increased two percentage points to 15 percent in the latest survey.Read More
The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.Read More