Looking ahead to possible tax reform, effect on employee benefits

With Congress eyeing comprehensive tax reform, the Council is urging lawmakers to avoid disturbing the incentives that support the employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits system. For example, the Council (with ACLI and ICI) has produced a research paper demonstrating the successes of the private retirement savings system, which is made possible by smart tax policy.

  • New Additions to Council Staff

    On April 14, Council President James A. Klein announced two exciting additions to the American Benefits Council team.

    Starting May 12, Katy Spangler will join the staff as Senior Vice President, Health Policy, after having previously served as Deputy Health Policy Director for the Republican staff of the Senate HELP Committee during the legislative consideration of the health care law. In June, Richard Hinz will begin as Senior Advisor to the Council and our research and education affiliate, the American Benefits Institute after many years of service at the U.S. Department of Labor and the World Bank. Click here for the full news release.

  • For Members: Blueprint Summary of PPACA Employer Rules

    The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released final regulations implementing the "Employer Shared Responsibility" provisions (commonly known as the "employer mandate" or the "pay-or-play mandate") under Section 4980H of the tax code, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

    A Benefits Blueprint summary, now available for Council members, covers in detail the key differences between the proposed and final regulations, with a focus on provisions for important transition relief.

  • Research shows critical role of 401(k) in strong U.S. retirement system

    Our Strong Retirement System: An American Success Story, a new paper developed by the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), American Benefits Council (the Council), and Investment Company Institute (ICI), makes clear that voluntary, employer-sponsored retirement plans provide a critical source of savings for millions of American workers at all ages and income levels.

    "Lawmakers will find evidence in this report that efforts to raise money by reducing the tax incentives for retirement plans are short-sighted and illusory-and could ultimately decrease retirement savings, especially for low-income workers," said the Council's Lynn Dudley. Click here for the news release and a two-page summary.

  • Benefits Byte

    For American Benefits Council members, we offer a regular newsletter with the latest information on legislative, regulatory and judicial developments affecting employee benefits.

    Our Latest Issue (04/15/14)

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