AARP Comes Out In Support of Brady, Neal Retirement Legislation

October 29, 2020 — Blog   

This week, Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) introduced the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020.

This legislation, among other things, will:

Makes it easier for families to save now, by enrolling employees automatically in their company’s 401(k) plan, when a new plan is created.

Help Main Street businesses offer retirement benefits, by creating a powerful new financial incentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans.

Offer protections for workers by allowing taxpayers to avoid harsh penalties for inadvertent errors managing an IRA that can lead to a loss of retirement savings.

And it reflects the savings’ needs that workers face today, by allowing you to pay down a student loan instead of contributing to a 401(k) plan and still receive an employer match in your retirement plan, and making it easier for employees to find lost retirement accounts by creating a national, online, database of lost accounts.

This bipartisan legislation has received the endorsement of AARP, with the advocacy group saying the bill will “make a number of improvements” to our nation’s retirement systems.

“Individuals want and need additional retirement income sources,” AARP Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Bill Sweeny wrote in a letter to Leader Brady and Chairman Neal. “We appreciate your bipartisan work to make a number of improvements to current law.”

“Under your bill, more people who work part time will be able to enroll in their employers’ 401(k)-type savings plans,” Mr. Sweeny continued. “AARP also is pleased that the bill sets national standards for recouping plan overpayments that were no fault of the employee, and prohibits employers from requiring more than 10% repayment a year.”

To read the full letter from AARP, CLICK HERE or read below.

To learn more about our work to help workers save more and earlier for retirement, CLICK HERE.

Dear Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady:

AARP, on behalf of our 38 million members and all older Americans nationwide, is pleased to support your bipartisan efforts to improve the retirement system with the introduction of the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020. While Social Security continues to be the bedrock of retirement income for most American workers and their families, individuals want and need additional retirement income sources, and we appreciate your bipartisan work to make a number of improvements to current law.

Under your bill, more people who work part time will be able to enroll in their employers’ 401(k)-type savings plans. This change will be especially helpful to the many older workers in the current economic climate who can only find part-time work or need to work part-time due to caregiving responsibilities. In addition, new employer plans would automatically enroll workers in their retirement savings plans once they have been in business for three years. This provision will help so many employees who will benefit from automatic savings.

For workers who are already struggling to save for retirement, the bill expands the current SAVERS’s tax credit to provide an enhanced “matching contribution” to millions of additional middle-income families. The bill also creates a national retirement Lost and Found office to help workers locate retirement accounts they may have had with previous employers. This is increasingly important as more and more workers change jobs several times over the course of their careers. AARP also is pleased that the bill sets national standards for recouping plan overpayments that were no fault of the employee, and prohibits employers from requiring more than 10% repayment a year. Finally, the bill makes improvements to the required minimum distribution rules, including exempting a threshold amount, that will help preserve savings.

AARP also appreciates the bill’s requirement that plan participants receive at least one annual paper statement of their earned benefits. Full and meaningful disclosure is critical to pension law, and Congress needs to ensure workers will receive and can review important retirement plan documents. An annual benefit statement, similar to the Social Security statement of earned benefits, is essential to help employees better understand and successfully oversee their plans and determine if they are on track for retirement. AARP also supports the optional delivery – and retention – of important information electronically. Information should be provided in the form that workers and families want.

AARP again thanks you for your bipartisan efforts to improve the retirement system for millions of American families. …

Sincerely,

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