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When It’s Time To Hire An ERISA Attorney

When I tell people that I’m an ERISA attorney, most people (including attorneys) don’t know what I do. While I’m not going to do a Rodney Dangerfield impersonation and claim I get no respect, the fact is that many plan...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

This is What a TPA Does and Why a Retirement Plan Sponsor Should Hire a Good One

One of my favorite movies of all time is The Deer Hunter. It’s a story about the Vietnam War and the post-traumatic stress disorder a group of friends from Western Pennsylvania who were drafted together and fought alongside...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea about 480 miles south of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the largest with an area of 76 square miles. The islands of...more

How a 401(k) Financial Advisor Can Limit Their Liability

There is the old saying that the cobbler’s children have no shoes. I know that firsthand when my mother threatened to call an electrician because my father the electrician didn’t have time to do some electrical work in our...more

Finance Bill 2014 Published

The U.K. government has today published the final text of the 2014 Finance Bill. As discussed in our previous Alert, issued on March 19, the Finance Bill includes...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: The Bahamas

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an archipelago spanning 100,000 square miles extending southeast from Florida to northern Hispaniola. The Bahamas has an estimated land area of 5,382 square miles made up of 700 islands ...more

Why Employers Should Sponsor a Retirement Plan

Starting and running a business is one of the hardest things out there and I know from experience in starting my own law firm. You start a business to make a living and when the need arises and when you can afford it, you...more

Only 2 Things A Retirement Plan Sponsor Needs to Limit Their Liability

People in the professional services industry (legal, financial, or accounting) have a propensity to make something sound more important than it is. Those folks think that by making something sound more important than it is,...more

The Complete Worthlessness of The 401(k) Fiduciary Warranty

When it comes to selling products and services, marketing is everything. Marketing can help push a product or service into popularity, regardless of whether it’s good or not. Spuds MacKenzie was such great marketing; it made...more

The $550 TPA is no Advantage

Because you demanded it or at least one TPA demanded it. A handout of a blog post, that says that a la carte pricing can really be more expensive when you add it all up....more

How My Career Mistakes Can Help You as a Retirement Plan Provider

As Frank Sinatra would say: “Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.” In my e-book, How to Succeed in the 401(k) Plan Business: (and 401(k)'d: A Life) (cheap plug here, available on Amazon.com for...more

“Toxic” TPAs a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Avoid Hiring

While most of the news about 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their responsibilities is about plan expenses, plan investments, and participant education, there is very little topic about the one issue that is important that most...more

Angel Tax Credit Update

Just as I was working on my latest entreVIEW post trying to avoid any “legal topic,” I felt compelled to provide an additional update on the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit. I know that, in his cold weather musings only earlier...more

Borrower Beware: Loan Transactions can be a Taxable Event for U.S. Corporations that have Foreign Subsidiaries

A loan transaction is generally not thought of as resulting in a taxable event. But it can if the borrower is a U.S. corporation (U.S. Co.) with a foreign subsidiary (FS). More specifically, a loan transaction can trigger a...more

A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Guide for Selecting Their Financial Advisor

When it comes to your role as a retirement plan sponsor, outside of hiring a TPA (third party administrator), the most important plan provider that you need to hire is a financial advisor. Unfortunately, like my favorite...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Thailand

1. What role does the government of Thailand play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Thai government regulates foreign direct investment by requiring foreign investors to obtain approval from...more

Comparison of Typical MLP and Yieldco Structures

The rise of master limited partnerships (MLPs) as an asset class has coincided with investors’ desire for stable and growing cash flow. In 2013, there were 21 initial public offerings (IPOs) of MLPs and more are on the way in...more

Mistakes a Plan Sponsor Should Correct Before an IRS/DOL Audit

I have been in the retirement plan business for over 15 years and I have met too many plan sponsors who don’t care that their plan isn’t being run correctly. What makes them eventually care is when they are audited by the...more

Death of the Salaried Partner? Wide Ranging Changes to LLP Member Taxation To Come Into Force on 6 April 2014

Wide ranging changes to the way in which LLP members are taxed are due to take effect on 6 April 2014. LLPs and their members, particularly those in professional service and private equity/fund management firms, should,...more

IRS Creates New Disregarded Entity Exclusion from Debt Cancellation Income

The IRS has announced a new safe harbor from the discharge of debt income rules. Debt that is cancelled, discharged or forgiven is generally taxable as income, but there are exceptions. Under one exception, certain...more

A New Way to Unwind (Leveraged Partnership Structures): Treasury and IRS Propose Draconian Changes to the Partnership Liability...

On January 29, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that would dramatically change the manner in which partnership liabilities are allocated among the partnership’s partners under IRC § 752 (the Proposed...more

A Simple Q&A for Retirement Plan Providers

When I was an associate at a semi-prestigious Long Island law firm, the goal was that I would start a national single employer retirement plan practice. I couldn’t have my articles published because the marketing department...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Could Significantly Impact Tax Deferral in Partnership Transactions

Late last month, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that address partnership liabilities (section 752) and disguised sales of property (Internal Revenue Code section 707). If enacted, the section 752...more

When it’s Time to Fire Your Retirement Plan Providers

Whether it’s a business or personal relationship, we start with the best of intentions that it will last a long time. Unfortunately, some relationships need to end and you need to recognize it and the courage to end than...more

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