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February 28, 2002

Important Accomplishments for America's Workers

Much has already been accomplished by the President and Congress to help Americans save more:

  • $50 billion in tax cuts have given Americans additional freedom to invest in their retirement security.
  • The death tax has been put on a path to extinction.
  • Substantial increases in contribution limits on IRAs and 401(k) plans have removed barriers to Americans’ ability to set money aside for their future.
  • The new tax law allows Americans, once they reach the age of 50, to make “catch-up” contributions to their IRAs and 401(k). This especially helps women who have taken time away from the workforce.
  • New tax credits are in place to help small businesses offer their employees pension plans.
  • The new tax law requires companies to “vest” their employees retirement rights more quickly, giving Americans ownership of their retirement assets faster than ever before.
  • The new tax law makes it easier for workers to roll over their retirement savings when they change jobs.