Small Employer Retirement Bill Introduced

March 8, 2001 ( - Congressmen Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ken Bentsen (D-Tx.) have introduced a "Small Employer Retirement Plan" that would make it easier for employers with fewer than 100 employees to establish retirement plans.

The bill (HR 738) reportedly has 69 co-sponsors, according to Congressman Blunt’s website. 

The Blunt/Bentsen bill is designed to simplify the process and reduce the cost and paperwork of establishing and administering employer-sponsored retirement plans and removing current limits on benefits. 

The bill would also create a tax credit of up to $6,000 over 5 years to offset start-up and administrative costs. The tax credit would authorize $2,000 for the taxable year in which the qualified small employer retirement plan is adopted and $1,000 for each of the next four years.

The bill would also authorize employer contributions to a plan of not less than 3% and not more than 10% of compensation of all participants in the plan. Discretionary employer contributions could not exceed 15% of compensation.

The bill would require the Treasury secretary to develop a model small-employer retirement plan that meets the requirements of the bill.

The bill has been referred to the House Ways & Means Committee. Action on the bill is not currently scheduled.

A copy of the bill is available here .