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Large IRAs and High-Income Retirement Savers Targeted by Amendment to Budget Reconciliation Bill

Last week, Richard Neal (D-Mass), chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, unveiled an amendment to help fund the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation legislation that is currently under consideration in Congress. The Neal amendment would make dramatic changes to the rules governing retirement plans for certain high-income taxpayers by imposing new asset limitations and prohibitions. It would also require distributions and IRA contribution limitations for certain individuals with retirement savings over $10 million, require distributions of Roth balances in excess of $20 million and end the practice of so-called “back-door” Roth conversions. These changes aim to effectively prohibit mega IRAs, which were the subject of extensive press reports earlier this year following ProPublica’s revelation of multiple large IRAs, including Peter Thiel’s $5 billion mega-Roth IRA.

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Pension Protection Act Affects Charitable Giving and Exempt Organizations


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In addition to reforming the employer-based pension system, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 contains important charitable giving incentives and exempt organization reforms. Among the significant provisions of the Act, which is expected to be signed into law shortly, is the IRA charitable rollover. For a thorough analysis of that and other provisions of the Act affecting charitable giving and exempt organizations, please click "Download PDF" to read Ropes & Gray's client alert.

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