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Retirement pros have questions for candidates

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I asked top retirement and aging policy experts this question: "If you could pose one question in a presidential debate to the Republican and Democratic nominees, what would it be?"

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Tax Reform Will Shape Pension Agenda; Significant Regulations Expected in 2012

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Congress will pass no major retirement plan legislation in 2012, but the tax treatment of employment-based retirement benefits almost certainly will be part of any tax code overhaul in 2013—for which ideas and positions will become cemented in 2012— according to practitioners interviewed by BNA.

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House Republicans ask DOL to go easy on retirement plans

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More than four dozen Republican House members sent a letter to the Labor Department last Monday urging the agency to tread carefully if it includes individual retirement accounts in a new rule that would expand the definition of “fiduciary” for people providing advice to retirement plans.

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Pension Red Alert: 70% Of Pensions Are Never Audited

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Chances are that your pension or 401k plan has never been audited. No one’s checking annually to see if the money’s really there. Worried yet? It should freak you out, in my opinion. According to regulators, seventy percent of the nation’s pensions have never been audited.

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Another Bad Idea to Help the Housing Market

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A new proposal to help beleaguered homeowners keep their homes out of foreclosure would take a bad situation and make it even worse.

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Borrowing from your retirement plan may avert foreclosure, but be aware of risks

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With hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing imminent foreclosure and estimates of 2 million or more in the wings, are there any financial tools available to distressed borrowers that haven’t been tried yet?

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Are Democrats Eyeing 401(k)s, IRAs for Tax Hit?

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Is your 401(k) safe from the tax man? That's a question that might be worth asking, as the congressional "supercommittee" scrambles to find $1.5 trillion in additional deficit cuts.

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Proposed Retirement Plan Overhaul Faces Skepticism at Tax Reform Hearing

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Employee benefits experts testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on Sept.

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Retirement experts clash over tax breaks for 401(k) plans

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Some want to boost the deferral limit – others want to do away with it

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401(k) savings proposal gets cold shoulder from panel

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A proposal to replace the current tax deductions for 401(k) plans and IRAs with a flat tax credit got a chilly reception before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday as panel members and pension experts defended the plans and the incentives for employers to provide them.

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