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Legislation to Block Fiduciary Rule Introduced in both House and Senate

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:45 PM

Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) newly finalized fiduciary rule have been introduced in both the House and Senate. It appears the motion may pass, but President Biden is virtually certain to veto it if it does pass.

Topics: Congress DOL Fiduciary
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House, Senate GOP Tax Writers Begin Focused Work on Major 2025 Tax Bill

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:44 PM

House Ways & Means Committee Republicans have formed ten issue-specific “tax teams” to work on what to include in the looming 2025 major tax bill. Senate Finance Committee Republicans will tackle these issues in six “working groups.” Both say they “may” include Democrats in their deliberations at some point, but for now, it is an all-GOP effort.

Topics: Education Legislation & Regulations Taxes Debt Congress
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Revenue Looks to Become a Major Element of 2025 Tax Bill

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:43 PM

 

Recurring revenue estimates of the cost of extending the expiring 2017 tax cuts suggest that revenue will play a major role in the debate over the upcoming tax bill in 2025. After at least five revenue estimates, all covering a 10-year period that includes 2028, projections of the revenue lost due to current tax rules keep going up.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Taxes Debt Congress NAIFA
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RISE Act Introduced in the Senate

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:42 PM

A companion Senate bill (S.4398) to the RISE Act introduced last fall in the House (H.R.6007) has been introduced. The RISE Act expands the tax credit available for starting retirement savings plans for very small businesses.

Topics: Retirement Legislation & Regulations Congress SECURE 2.0
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House-Passed Tax Bill Remains Stalled in the Senate

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:40 PM

The House-passed tax bill, H.R.7024, remains stalled in the Senate. However, its chief Senate sponsor, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), says the bill is not dead. Sen. Wyden says he continues to work with Senate leadership to schedule Senate floor time on the bill.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Taxes Congress
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GOP Senator Seeks Input on Providing Benefits for Independent Contractors

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:39 PM

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has asked for public comments on how to amend current law to allow companies to provide benefits to their independent contractor workers who are not employees.  Sen. Cassidy is ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over ERISA’s non-tax pension/retirement savings issues. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over ERISA’s and other retirement savings tax issues.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Congress
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LIMRA Study Shows Pension Risk Transfers Skyrocket

By NAIFA on 6/14/24 2:37 PM

A study released on June 6 by the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) shows a 25 percent increase in pension risk transfer contracts in the first quarter of this year. A LIMRA statement discussing the study pointed to a record $14.6 billion in 146 contracts in companies shifting their lifetime pension obligations to annuities.

Topics: LIMRA Congress DOL Fiduciary
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NAIFA Congressional Conference Participants Educate Lawmakers

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 2:02 PM

NAIFA’s May 20-21 Congressional Conference participants will fan out over Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on key issues impacting NAIFA members and their clients. Several hundred participants from almost every state and Congressional District will also establish and grow the constituent-lawmaker relationships that are so key to favorable legislative outcomes.

Topics: Education Retirement Taxes Financial Literacy Congress Congressional Conference
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Final Fiduciary Rule Heads to Court

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 2:01 PM

On April 23, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its new fiduciary rule and its accompanying amendments to prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs) 2020-02 and 84-24. The new rules would take effect September 23, but they have already triggered the first of what are likely to be multiple court challenges to them. Those court decisions could impact the effective date. And Congress is likely to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) motion to block the rules, although even if a CRA motion passes both the House and Senate, President Biden will surely veto it.

Topics: Retirement 401(k) SEC Congress DOL Fiduciary
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Impending Major Tax Bill Raises Multiple, Difficult Issues

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:59 PM

There will be a major tax bill in 2025, as both Republicans and Democrats contend with the looming expiration of most of the current tax code’s individual and estate tax rules. Scheduled for expiration at the end of 2025 are income and capital gains tax rates for individuals as well as the current $12+ million exemption from the estate tax. Tax policy will play a key role in the debate, but so will revenue—the cost of extending the 2017 rules is astronomical. And lawmakers are already looking at other tax issues—like, for example, the corporate tax rate—that are not scheduled to expire but are intrinsic to both tax policy and revenue issues.

Topics: Taxes Debt Congress
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Ways & Means Questions Treasury Secretary Yellen on Biden Budget, Impending Tax Bill

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:55 PM

The House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on April 30 with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen as the sole witness. The hearing focused on the Biden budget tax proposals, and on the issues surrounding the scheduled expiration of the 2017 individual and estate tax rules.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Taxes Congress
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Annuities in the Crosshairs

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:52 PM

Not only are fixed annuities now within the scope of the final fiduciary rule, but also a key tax writer is seeking information from the 12 biggest annuity writers about how annuities are sold. It appears that annuities are approaching being at the center of both Congressional and regulatory attention.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations SEC Congress Fiduciary Mass Mutual
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Education & the Workforce Has Hearing on Benefits for Independent Contractors

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:48 PM

The House Education & the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing last month on how to allow states and companies to provide independent contractors with employer-provided benefits without causing them to be classified as employees. Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-CA) said at the hearing that he is working on legislation to achieve this result.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Congress
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DOL Finalizes White-Collar Exemption to Overtime Rules

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:45 PM

The long-awaited final rule on the white-collar exception from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) overtime rules was released last month. The new rule significantly increases the salary threshold below which the white-collar exception does not apply and provides for automatic adjustments to the salary threshold every three years.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Congress DOL
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Social Security/Medicare Trustees Issue Annual Report

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 1:37 PM

On May 6, the Social Security and Medicare trust fund trustees issued their annual report. The report predicts a financial crisis for the funds within 10 years, unless Congress intervenes before then.

Topics: Disability Insurance Medicare Congress
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FY 2024 Government Funding Complete without Fiduciary Rider

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:57 PM

In the wee morning hours of March 23—just two hours after the midnight March 22 deadline—Congress completed the fraught process of funding the federal government’s discretionary spending for fiscal year (FY) 2024—six months after FY 2024 began this past October 1. President Biden signed the measure into law the same day. Despite hard lobbying, the final funding package excluded a rider that would have stopped the Department of Labor’s (DOL) work on its fiduciary rule.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Congress DOL Fiduciary
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CMS/DOL/Treasury Finalize Short-Term Limited Duration Health Insurance Rule

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:35 PM

On March 28, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Treasury released a final short-term limited-duration (STLD) health insurance rule. It retains the proposed rule’s new limits of three months duration, with a four-month renewal option for this kind of insurance.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Affordable Care Act CMS Congress DOL
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Ways & Means Holds Hearing on TCJA and Its Expiring Tax Cuts

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:29 PM

The tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on April 11 on the TCJA and its expiring individual and estate tax provisions. Predictably, the hearing showcased GOP support for extending the TCJA’s individual and estate tax rules that expire at the end of 2025. Democrats, on the other hand, called for more taxes to be paid by corporations and “the rich.”

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Taxes Congress
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Senate Opposition Grows to Quick Vote on House-Passed Tax Bill

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:17 PM

Republican Senators are growing increasingly reluctant to vote any time soon on the House-passed bill that would, among other things, allow for more generous business equipment depreciation and business loan interest deductibility. The bill would need 60 votes, and therefore at least ten Republicans, to pass the Senate. However, some key GOP Senators are demanding changes, while others urge waiting until next year when they think they will be in a stronger position.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Taxes Congress
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House Advances Effort to Block the Final Worker Classification Rule

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:10 PM

A bicameral GOP resolution to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) now-final worker classification rule has been introduced. On March 21, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) motion to block the rule.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations CMS Congress DOL

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