Mandatory IRAs May Burden Small Employers, Business Group Says


Margaret Collins and Alexis Leondis
BusinessWeek
January 28, 2010

Editor’s note: During his State of the Union, address Obama talked retirement funds. Here’s what the government has in mind for your retirement.

[efoods]U.S. President Barack Obama’s effort to increase retirement savings by requiring all businesses to offer automatic IRA accounts may face opposition from small companies, says a Washington-based trade group.

Obama said the plan, part of a tax package aimed at middle- income Americans proposed today, would let employees automatically enroll in direct-deposit retirement accounts and expand matching tax credits. The administration hasn’t released a cost estimate.

“When small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, we oppose mandates such as this that stand to create a new administrative burden,” said Molly Brogan, vice president of public affairs for the National Small Business Association, in an e-mailed statement.

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