Saving may not pay off for poor

Low-income households face 'astronomical' penalties for saving, according to the report by the National Center for Policy Analysis. For example, each $1 saved by a single mother earning $15,000 a year could cost her $2.60 in higher taxes and lost government benefits.'We're constantly told that we need to save early and often to prepare for retirement,' said Laurence Kotlikoff, professor at Boston University and author of the study. 'Yet government policies tell low-income families, 'If you save for the future, you won't get our help today.' 'Over the last decade, the government has sharply increased the amounts that Americans can set aside on a tax-favored basis for retirement, created a tax credit for low-income people who fund retirement accounts and launched public campaigns urging people to save.

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