Trump says: 'NO change to your 401(k)'

October 23, 2017
BY David Jackson

WASHINGTON ā€” President Trump took a tax reform bargaining chip off the table Monday by declaring he would not impose new limits on the amount Americans can contribute to 401(k) retirement savings plans before taxes. 

"There will be NO change to your 401(k)," Trump tweeted. "This has always been a great and popular middle class tax break that works, and it stays!"

Some congressional Republicans, concerned about how Trump's proposed tax cuts might increase budget deficits, have looked at generating revenue by limiting the amount of pretax money people could invest in 401(k) accounts.

Right now, Americans can sock up to $18,000 a year in their 401(k) accounts without paying taxes on those contributions ā€” and, workers over the age of 50 can set aside as much as $24,000. They only pay taxes when they begin to withdraw these benefits at retirement. The maximum tax-free contribution is set to rise another $500 in 2018. 

Yet The New York Times reported last week that lawmakers were discussing a pretax cap as low as $2,400 ā€” an idea that has drawn opposition in Congress, the financial management industry, and, apparently, in the White House.

Trump's decision to rule out changes to 401(k) programs comes after a weekend interview in which he said he wants Congress to produce a tax cut plan he can sign by the end of the year.

"I want to get it by the end of the year, but Iā€™d be very disappointed if it took that long," Trump told Fox Business Network.