With much of the attention focused on the major provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), there is a tax benefit available to low to moderate-income taxpayers that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

It’s the Saver’s Credit slated to expire after 2006 which the PPA made permanent., and it provides an added bonus to the increasing number of employees that are being automatically enrolled by their employers in employer sponsored retirement savings plans. It provides an income tax credit of up to $1,000, $2,000 for married couples for employee contributions to an employer plan or IRA contributions.

It’s not too late for eligible employees to make retirement contributions and get the saver’s credit on their 2007 tax return. They have until April 15, 2008, to set up a new individual retirement arrangement or add money to an existing IRA and still get credit for 2007. However, elective deferrals must be made by the end of the year to a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 plan.   

 Here is a link to an IRS News Release that provides more detailed information.

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