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A “Crystal Ball” On Life After The New ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new fiduciary rule that is going to go in effect in April 2017 is going to have a profound change in how financial advisors work with their retirement plan clients. It’s unchartered waters,...more

Defenses Payroll Tax Fraud

Prosecution for payroll tax fraud is a high priority for the IRS and Department of Justice. Payroll tax fraud occurs in several manners, including false worker classification as independent contractors, understatement of...more

Things That Won’t Help A Retirement Plan Sponsor Limit Their Liability

When I was a teenager, we were told that eating oat bran would lower cholesterol and it didn’t. We’re told that cracking our knuckles will cause arthritis and it doesn’t. We’re told that going outside when it’s cold with wet...more

Early Holiday Gift from the IRS – Due Date Extension for Furnishing Forms 1095 and Related Relief

In IRS Notice 2016-70, the IRS announced a 30-day automatic extension for the furnishing of 2016 IRS Forms 1095-B (Health Coverage) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage), from January 31, 2017 to...more

Glaring Problems A Plan Sponsor May Not Be Aware Of When They Think Everything is OK

I knew a family member who would never go to the doctor for preventative care. She always reasoned that if she went to a doctor, that meant she was sick. That meant that her goal was avoiding the doctor at all costs. It’s...more

Claiming Vehicle Expenses… Keep a Record!

Recently, a CPA lost his own business automobile deduction case in the U.S. Tax Court. The CPA had deducted business automobile expenses based on calculations from an after the fact MapQuest and not a contemporaneous diary...more

Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump: What to Expect

President-elect Donald Trump will assume office on January 20, 2017, with a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. While it is difficult to predict whether the new administration will be able...more

The To-Do List For 401(k) Plans Now: 2016-2017 Edition

Being a retirement plan sponsor is a tremendous responsibility and the problem is that most plan sponsors don’t understand that. Plan sponsors often act passive because they hire retirement plan providers to help them. The...more

IRS Retirement Plan Limitations for 2017

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the updated retirement plan limitations for 2017. IRS Notice 2016-62 sets forth the 2017 limits to amounts that can be deferred under 401(k) plans, 403(b) and 457(b) plans...more

Cost-Of-Living Adjustments for 2017 to IRS Caps

The IRS in Notice 2016-62 recently announced the Cost-Of-Living Adjustments for 2017 for various caps on benefits. ...more

ACA Reporting (Forms 1095-C and 1094-C) – Round Two

One of the greatest things about year-end is the hope and excitement of a brighter new year around the corner. In the midst of this holiday season — and no doubt as a present to us all — the Internal Revenue Service has...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Executive Compensation

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

401(k) Plan Providers’ Behavior To Avoid That Loses Clients

Over the past 18 years as an ERISA attorney, I have some pretty weird reasons why retirement plan providers get fired. I’ll never get the financial advisor who was fired because the client’s new Chief Executive Officer wanted...more

2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustments on IRS Benefit and Contribution Limits

On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the cost-of-living adjustments impacting tax-qualified pension plans for 2017. The increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that...more

2017 Qualified Plan Limits Released

The IRS recently released updated limits for retirement plans. Our summary of those limits (along with the limits from the last few years) is below....more

How to Pick Your Retirement Plan Providers

Too often, retirement plan providers are selected at the family dinner table, the golf outing, or at a house of worship. While those are nice places for social gatherings, they are not the ideal place for selecting retirement...more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2017

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced the 2017 dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement and cafeteria plans. Some limits have increased while others remained the same. The Social...more

401(k) Sponsors Say Their Plan is OK, but They Really Have No Idea

When I was dating my wife, she asked me if I had a good credit score and I said I did. I never checked my credit score, but I paid all my bills in full and on time. Of course when I got a copy of my credit report, my credit...more

IRS Overhauls the Retirement Plan Correction Program

With the looming end of the determination letter program as we know it, the IRS has issued an updated Revenue Procedure for the Employee Plans Compliance Resolutions System (EPCRS). Released on September 29, 2016, Rev. Proc....more

Pensions Round-Up: September 2016 (UK)

In this edition we look at key developments from September 2016, including the following: The announcement of the Levy Estimate for 2017/18 and the publication of the consultation in relation to the levy rules; and a...more

Trek Beyond To The Future of 401(k) Plans

While I prefer Star Wars, I still have an affinity for Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was a hopeful one while the science fiction genre prior to his tome had a bleak future. The original series and the...more

Filing an Entity Income Tax Return Does Not Constitute a Check-the-Box Election

A single member limited liability company (SMLLC) is treated by default under the check-the-box rules as a disregarded entity. If a Form 8832 is filed, the owner can elect to treat it as a corporation/association....more

Plan Sponsors Should Know Their “Hat” as Retirement Plan Fiduciaries

I love baseball jerseys and I also love New Era on-field Major League Baseball hats. Speaking of hats, a retirement plan sponsor wears many hats when they main a retirement plan. Plan sponsors know they wear the hat of the...more

Corridors - October 2016 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

Proposed 2017 Hospital OPPS Rule Would End Medicare Payments to Many Off-Campus Facilities at the Same Levels as Hospital-Based Outpatient Departments - Published on July 14, 2016, CMS’s proposed 2017 Hospital...more

Changes to Compensation Rules for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

The IRS has proposed new rules that will require tax-exempt hospitals (and other tax-exempt entities) to review a variety of compensation arrangements to avoid unintended tax consequences. This article will provide a brief...more

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