Senate Finance Committee Formally Introduces EARN Act

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senate Finance Committee Chair and Ranking Member, have introduced S.4808, the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. As previously announced, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the bill in June based upon an outline released at that time.

Changes in the legislative text from the June outline include:

  • Individuals age 60 or older could start making higher catch-up contributions in 2025 (versus 2024).
  • Employees with wages below $100,000 could make catch-up contributions on a pretax or Roth basis. Employees with wages exceeding $100,000 would still be required to be make catch-up contributions on a Roth basis.
  • The option to treat employer contributions as Roth contributions would be available starting in 2023 (versus 2024).

While it is unclear whether the bill will be brought to a stand-alone vote with the Senate’s limited number of sessions for the remainder of the year, congressional observers anticipate that the EARN Act will be consolidated with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee’s RISE & SHINE Act and the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022, which was passed by the House of Representatives. It appears that a final bill will likely receive a vote this year after the November mid-term elections.