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Elizabeth Kelly Elizabeth Kelly is a senior vice president at United Income.

The “most significant” changes included in the recently proposed SECURE Act and RESA bill fall into two buckets: efforts to get more small businesses to offer workplace retirement savings plans and changes to IRA rules, including on required minimum distributions, according to Elizabeth Kelly, the former special assistant to the president on the National Economic Council for the Obama administration.

Kelly, who is now senior vice president of operations at United Income, a retirement planning firm, told ThinkAdvisor in a Wednesday email message that both the Senate Finance Committee’s Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) and the House Ways and Means Committee’s Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or SECURE, Act “would allow older Americans still in the workforce to continue making tax-deferred contributions to traditional IRAs after age 70.5, rather than just post-tax contributions to Roth IRAs and brokerages.”


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While intended to help older Americans who are still working, Kelly said, “this is a small percentage of the population: 14.09% of people age 71-80 report being in the labor force,” citing the January 2019 Current Population Survey.

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Melanie Waddell

Melanie is Washington Bureau Chief, Investment Advisory Group. She also covers regulatory and compliance issues. Her column, The Playing Field, appears in Investment Advisor and on ThinkAdvisor.com, and she also writes the briefing and produces the podcast, Human Capital. Earlier in her career, Melanie covered financial issues at American Banker/Thomson Media publications in Washington and New York. You can reach her at [email protected] On twitter: @Think_MelanieW

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