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The Franchise Tax Board’s Doing Business Legal Ruling – Ex Nihilo, Aliquid Fit

Today’s post will try to put the Franchise Tax Board’s recent Legal Ruling 2014-01 in perspective by imagining the following inquisition by the Franchise Tax Board...more

FDIC Gives Guidance to S-Corporation Banks Regarding Dividends under Basel III

On July 21, the FDIC clarified how it will evaluate requests by S-Corporation Banks to make dividend payments that would otherwise be prohibited under the Basel III capital conservation buffer. New Basel III capital rules...more

Equity Compensation Alphabet Soup – ISO, NSO, RSA, RSU and more

Startups and public companies alike often use equity to help attract, retain and incentivize talented employees and other service providers. The different forms of awards have proliferated in the past several years, though,...more

How Plan Sponsors Can “Reboot” and Improve Their 401(k) Plan

In movies and television, a reboot is a mechanism to discard all previous continuity in a series and start anew with fresh ideas. So all established fictive history is irrelevant to the new storyline, and the series is...more

Plan Sponsor Should Avoid These Retirement Plan Provider “Con Games”

The George Clooney-Brad Pitt trilogy of heist films known as Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen were remembered for their twist endings, stylish pacing, and lightheartedness. Since the Ocean gang were...more

Plan Sponsors Should Avoid Using Their Payroll Provider as Their 401(k) TPA

I stick to what I know, so I venture very little outside the retirement plan space. I do that because I believe it is less likely to cause trouble. The two largest payroll providers don’t follow that philosophy -- they are...more

Foreign Tax-Exempt Organizations Exempt from Withholding Tax

Investment funds, including private equity funds, often receive capital contributions from tax-exempt organizations. These tax-exempt institutions may include U.S. and foreign pension funds, as well as U.S. and foreign...more

A 401(k) Financial Advisor Shouldn’t Refer a TPA Just Because They’re Cheap

Animal Farm by George Orwell was a clever allegory of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Soviet Union where the oppressed animals overthrew Farmer Mr. Jones, only to start oppress- ing each other. A similar situation is when I...more

Seed Capital Review: Fall 2013 Survey Of Angel Financings

Welcome to the first installment of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray plant mooty. this is our first periodic report analyzing seed capital being raised by companies in...more

Bottom Line: This is what Retirement Plan Sponsors Need To Do

My great Uncle Jack Urbinder passed away a few weeks back at age 88. He was my Grand- mother’s only brother (out of 3) who survived the Holocaust. Much like my grandmother, Uncle Jack was genuine and he told it as he saw it....more

ERISA Fiduciaries: Making Sense of All The Numbers

In the Golden Age of Boxing, there was one world champion. Whether it was Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano as the heavyweight kingpin or Sugar Ray Robinson as middleweight crown holder, you knew who was champion. There was one...more

Bank Regulators Require Changes To Tax Allocation Agreements

Acting in response to divergent results in recent court decisions, the Federal bank regulatory agencies have adopted an Addendum to their longstanding rules regarding income tax allocation agreements between insured...more

Plan Sponsors’ Misconceptions About Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure

To me, there is no greater television show than Seinfeld because it’s timeless and there is something about each episode that reminds you of normal day life. In the reverse chronology episode set in India called “The...more

The Good Fundamentals of Being a Retirement Plan Financial Advisor

In 1983, the Chicago White Sox won the American League Western Division under the guidance of future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa. Doug Rader, then-manager of the Texas Rangers, accused the Sox of "winning ugly" for...more

Why an Employer Should Visit a Retirement Plan Dentist to avoid a Plan Root Canal

More than a dozen years ago, there was a medical report that dental plaque could cause heart disease. I thought it was some sort of dental conspiracy to increase revenue as fluoridated water and other dental hygiene has had...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Puerto Rico

In 1493, Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico and claimed the island for the Spanish Crown. Spain controlled the island for most of the next four centuries until 1898, when it ceded Puerto Rico to the United States as...more

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly - 1Q 2014

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly highlights changes in taxation, law and capital markets that affect master limited partnerships who have headquarters located in, or significant contacts with, Oklahoma. The publication is...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Peru

Peru is located on the central western coast of South America. Peru’s population is around 26 million people, with 52% of them living in the coastal region, 37% in the Andes and 11% in the Amazon region. Peru has a...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paraguay

With an area of 406,752 square kilometers, Paraguay occupies the central plain of South America. It has the world’s largest fresh water reserve known as “Acuífero Guaraní.” The country’s fertile soil is one of the major...more

Plan Document Mistakes a Retirement Plan Sponsor Should Avoid

One of the major things that plan sponsors forget about their retire- ment plans is the plan document. ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 for those scoring at home) requires all retirement plans to...more

Doing Business In Iowa

ABOUT IOWA - A. Population and Geography - Centrally located in the United States, the state of Iowa is characterized by rich agricultural land, with wetlands, woodlands, and prairie throughout. The state...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Panama

Panama is the southernmost country of Central America. It has a total landmass of 75,517 square kilometers and an estimated population of 3,510,045 as of a July 2011. Its government is a constitutional democracy and the...more

Why you Shouldn’t Hire your Friends or Family as your Retirement Plan’s Financial Advisor

They often say that it doesn’t matter what you know, it’s who you know. At one time or another, we have all derived a form of financial benefit because of someone we know. Maybe it’s a job and maybe it’s free Yankees tickets....more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest republic in Central America with the lowest population density. The country is bordered on the north by Honduras and on the south by Costa Rica. Its western coastline is on the Pacific Ocean, while...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico

With a total landmass of almost two million square kilometers, Mexico is slightly less than three times the size of Texas and has a total population of over 106 million people. Its political organization is a federal republic...more

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