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[IWS] PRESENT LAW AND ANALYSIS RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ARRANGEMENTS [24 June 2008]

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
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PRESENT LAW AND ANALYSIS RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ARRANGEMENTS
Scheduled for a Public Hearing Before the SELECT REVENUE MEASURES SUBCOMMITTEE of the HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS on June 26, 2008
Prepared by the Staff of the JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION June 24, 2008
JCX-53-08
http://www.house.gov/jct/x-53-08.pdf
[full-text, 56 pages]

CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 1
I. OVERVIEW ....................................................................................................................... 2
II. ECONOMICS OF IRAS..................................................................................................... 3
III. PRESENT LAW AND ADDITIONAL ISSUES ............................................................. 16
A. Individual Retirement Arrangements.......................................................................... 16
1. Tax Treatment of Contributions............................................................................ 16
2. Investment, Regulation and Protection of IRA funds........................................... 19
3. Tax Treatment of Distributions............................................................................. 22
4. Deemed IRAs........................................................................................................ 25
5. Payroll deduction IRAs......................................................................................... 26
6. Incentives for Roth IRA contributions.................................................................. 28
B. Employer Provided and Assisted Retirement Savings................................................ 30
1. Overview of employer sponsored qualified retirement plans ............................... 30
2. Tax qualified retirement plans .............................................................................. 32
3. Employee retirement annuities ............................................................................. 37
4. Employer retirement plans using IRAs................................................................. 38
5. Special plans for governmental and tax exempt employers.................................. 39
C. Other Savings Vehicles............................................................................................... 41
1. Education savings ................................................................................................. 41
2. Health savings....................................................................................................... 42
D. Saver's Credit.............................................................................................................. 43
1. In general .............................................................................................................. 43
2. Tax credit as an incentive for low income taxpayers............................................ 44
E. Auto-Enrollment ......................................................................................................... 45
1. In general .............................................................................................................. 45
2. Pension Protection Act of 2006 ............................................................................ 46
IV. AUTOMATIC IRA PROPOSALS................................................................................... 48
A. Proposals Relating to Automatic Enrollment in Payroll Deduction IRAs.................. 48
B. State Government-Sponsored Investment Opportunities............................................ 50
C. Discussion of Issues.................................................................................................... 51

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