To (B) or Not to (B): Is that the Question? Twenty-First Century Schizoid Plans Under Section 403(B) of the Internal Revenue Code
105 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2010
Date Written: December 1, 2009
The year 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides a special type of tax favored retirement arrangement available to certain employers. Revisiting a previous article by the same author, this article provides a comprehensive review of the rules governing 403(b) plans, as well as recent developments in the rules' application. Topics covered include: important 403(b) plan rules; the major remaining differences between 403(b) plans and qualified plans; reform proposals; and whether the retention of section 403(b) plans can be justified on policy (as opposed to historical) grounds.
Keywords: Section 403(b), Internal Revenue Code, Qualified Plans, Retirement
JEL Classification: M44
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