When it comes to your retirement account, you probably keep an eye on Wall Street and the financial markets because when they lose value, your account loses value. Little did you know you are going to have to keep an eye on Uncle Sam as well, because he's eyeing your retirement too, and he could soon take what he will claim is his fair share of it.
If you think that sounds absurd, think again. In fact, it's a concept that is already being used by some governments, the most recent of which is Ireland.
In a bid to finance a "jobs" program, the Irish government, which is heavily in debt, is set to impose a new levy - read "tax" - on private retirement accounts. The accounts of government workers will be exempt.'