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401(k)s

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It is easy to mock Senator Marco Rubio, who cashed out $68,241 in IRA retirement funds last September. The GOP presidential hopeful, who made about $230,000 last year, told Fox News he needed the dough to prepare for his campaign, buy a new $3,000 refrigerator, and fix his busted a/c. As it happens
May 26, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Earlier this year, the Obama Administration proposed a small and almost unnoticed change in retirement savings rules that could be a big help to middle-income seniors who want to preserve assets to pay for medical and long-term care costs in very old age. The proposal would exempt those who have $
April 27, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Economists love longevity annuities. But what will it take to get real people to buy them? That’s one of the questions that two panels of retirement experts will tackle at a Brookings Institution event on Thursday. These retirement products work like this: At about age 65 you purchase an insurance
November 4, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Nearly one-third of all federal tax expenditures--$384 billion in 2013 alone-- is aimed at various forms of asset building, such as retirement savings, higher education, and home ownership. Yet, according to research by several of my Tax Policy Center and Urban Institute colleagues, these tax
October 7, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Kudos to Rowland Davis and David Madland at the Center for American Progress for rethinking retirement savings. In a paper with the rather understated title “American Retirement Savings Could Be Much Better,” the authors attempt to stitch together the best of defined contribution plans and defined
August 22, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Tax-deferred 401(k) plans may be a better deal for low-income workers than economists thought, according to new research by my Tax Policy Center colleague Eric Toder and Urban Institute senior research associate Karen Smith. While high-income workers may get a bigger tax break from their 401(k)s,
January 10, 2012Howard Gleckman