Retirement planning officials are worried that the elimination of certain tax incentives for retirement savings plans included in President Barack Obama’s budget for 2013, which he released to Congress on Monday, will hinder retirement savings.
Brian Graff, executive director and CEO of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, says that Obama’s proposal to limit the tax benefit for retirement savings for families earning more than $250,000 is “a bad proposal based on bad math.”
Unlike other targeted tax incentives, Graff (left) said in a statement, “the tax break for retirement savings is a deferral, not a permanent write off. Under the President’s budget, these taxpayers wouldn’t just lose a current tax break, they would actually be penalized for saving–paying taxes now and taxes later.” This, Graff continues, “will discourage small business owners from setting up or maintaining retirement savings plans for their employees. Workers that lose workplace retirement savings plans will be the ones that really pay for this misguided proposal.”
Under current law, Graff explains, there is already a $250,000 cap on compensation that can be used to calculate contributions to 401(k) plans. “The President’s proposal effectively doubles down on this limit for 401(k) plans, and takes an axe to the tax incentives that encourage small business owners to offer these types of plans at work,” he said.