Tax Law Led to Increase in Pension-Plan Contributions in 2017

Companies substantially increased their contributions to defined-benefit pension plans in 2017, likely because of the new tax law that President Trump signed in December, according to a new paper from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The tax law cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, starting in 2018. The rate reduction provided an incentive for corporations to boost their deductions in 2017 — including the deduction for pension contributions — so that they can take those deductions at the higher rate.


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