Yet Congress failed to extirpate from the tax laws the sanction of disqualifying an employee retirement plan. Not only has disqualification been described as being "draconian" and "harsh," but it has also been noted that it results in "tragedy," "penalizes the covered employees who have no part in the wrongdoing,"6 and frustrates the legislative purpose of encouraging the establishment and maintenance of employee retirement plans. The imposition of this sanction is nonsensical: the tax consequences devastate the financial security of employees whose future depends on the retirement income they will receive from their employers' plans. This article will discuss this tax consequence with the hope that the harsh sanction of disqualification will not merely be softened but rather will be excised from federal tax law.
Rands, William J.
"Disqualitifcation of Employee Retirement Plans: The Wrong Remedy,"
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