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In addition to a year-end funding bill, lawmakers finalized the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The retirement bill includes expansion of the automatic contribution to savings plans to 15% of employee pay, allows some part-time employees to participate in 401(k) plans and raises the age limit for IRA contributions from age 70½ to 72.

Also included in the retirement package are provisions aimed at Gold Star families, eliminating an unintended tax on children and spouses of deceased military family members. As with the funding bill, the Senate is expected to pass and the president to sign the bill by the end of the week.

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