IRS and ESOPs
Kudos to Vineeta Anand's exposure of the unreasonable position of the IRS that, as far as the ESOP community is concerned, is anti-employee in the April 14 Conrail ESOP story on page 2.
The employee ownership community is upfront about the ownership risks in a capitalistic society; but we also promote the idea that responsible ownership can lead to substantial reward.
With this convoluted interpretation of Code Section 415, the IRS has slammed the door on employees reaping the rewards ownership because their stock value appreciated.
There is no reason not to permit ESOP participants, such as those in the Conrail example, to have their money.
Ms. Anand is one of the first journalists to explain this travesty in the press.
Hopefully, her investigative reporting will lead to our officials blowing the whistle on this rather bizarre IRS position.
J. Michael Keeling
The ESOP Association
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The affiliates have $1.2 billion under management for defined contribution plans.
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