Congressional Resolution on Retirement Savings Finds Support

WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2012 — The Coalition to Protect Retirement strongly supports the introduction of the Sense of the Congress resolution which calls for maintaining the current incentives for retirement savings.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), joined by nine of their Senate colleagues, introduced the resolution, noting that tax incentives for retirement savings play an important role in encouraging employers to sponsor and maintain retirement plans and encouraging employees to contribute to their plans.

Moreover, the resolution recognizes that the existing incentives have increased the number of Americans who are covered by a retirement plan.

“A reformed and simplified tax code should include properly structured tax incentives to maintain and contribute to such plans and strengthen retirement security for all Americans,” Sens. Blumenthal and Isakson said in the resolution.

The Coalition to Protect Retirement, which represents groups that sponsor and manage retirement plans, praised the resolution as a strong reaffirmation of the importance of the private-sector retirement plan system and the role it plays in assuring the financial security of Americans when their working days are over.

“Actions taken to reduce the national debt and reform the tax code should not be done at the expense of workers and retirees. Tens of millions of baby boomers will reach retirement age in the coming years. Government policy should focus on helping them achieve financial security and independence in retirement. The incentives in the current tax code are an investment in the future, helping assure that retirees will not suffer from financial need and look to the government for help,” the Coalition said.

The resolution notes tax incentives for retirement savings benefit Americans of all income levels. “In 2009, 79 percent of federal tax incentives for defined contribution plans were attributable to taxpayers with less than $150,000 of adjusted gross income, and 65 percent were attributable to taxpayers with less than $100,000 of adjusted gross income,” the resolution says.

“The current incentives for retirement savings represent good economic and tax policy, and they benefit the people who need it most. That’s why we strongly encourage all members of the Senate to support this resolution,” the Coalition said.

Members of the Senate joining Sens. Blumenthal and Isakson as co-sponsors include Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Daniel Akaka (D-Haw.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).

The Coalition consists of the following trades associations: American Benefits Council, American Council of Life Insurers,American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, ERISA Industry Committee, ESOP Association, Insured Retirement Institute, Plan Sponsor Council of America, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

To learn more about the Coalition, go to www.howamericasaves.com.

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