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Congress eyes retirement-plan tax benefits – MarketWatch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — You’d think a legislative bill to fund the nation’s highways and mass-transit systems would have no connection to your retirement savings. But that didn’t stop lawmakers from proposing an amendment to the bill that would have trimmed a valuable retirement-plan benefit.

The proposal would have raised about $4.7 billion over 10 years by changing the rules governing how people who inherit an individual retirement account, or IRA, cash out that account.

Current law lets heirs stretch those payments — and the income-tax hit — over their lifetime, while the proposed amendment would have required heirs to distribute the sum over five years (spouses and some other types of heirs were excluded from the change).

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