Subsidizing private retirement accounts….

Via Demos comes this note on Our enormous retirment subsidies to the rich:

…it behooves us to collectively recall just how much money the federal government is already devoting to subsidizing private retirement accounts. Those in policy circles tend to be aware of this stuff, but it largely escapes the glare of everyone else.

Each year, the federal government puts tax expenditures towards a whole slew of retirement instruments including defined benefit plans, 401(k)s, Keogh plans, traditional IRAs, and Roth IRAs. The Joint Committee on Taxation projects that in the five years between 2013 and 2017, spending on these subsidies will total over $700 billion. If we double that to do the 10-year budget thing everyone does for some reason, we wind up with $1.4 trillion of tax expenditures on just these subsidies.


Who captures these subsidies? The rich of course. According to the CBO, the following is who soaked up the tax expenditures dedicated to net pension contributions and earnings in 2013.