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DOL Sends Proposed Conflict of Interest Rule to OMB for Review

The White House backs a “fiduciary rule” for IRAs. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has sent its proposed “Conflict of Interest Rule-Investment Advice” to the president’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for...more

Human Emotional Mistakes A Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid

We are all human unless someone of us are cyborgs sent by Cyberdyne Systems in the future. Seriously, humans are controlled by emotions and everyone knows that after going through their teenage years. Human emotion can make...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $42,268. The projected average taxable income of all tax returns in 2015, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s Feb. 27 report on “Fairness and Tax Policy.” The report also projects that the top...more

It’s The Plan Sponsor’s Responsibility, Just Because

I have been a fan of Sesame Street since I was a child and again as an adult when my children were younger. It’s a brilliant show that has educated millions of kids in the past 45 years. One of the great events in Sesame...more

White House Budget Recommends Elimination of in-Plan Roth Rollovers of After-Tax Contributions

As reported, the Internal Revenue Code currently permits a plan design that allows plan participants to convert non-Roth after-tax contributions to Roth contributions through in-plan Roth rollovers. This design would allow a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. February Vacation Results in Relatively Quiet Week in Augusta, Except the Tax Package...more

Upcoming New Rules for New Category of PEO

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 ("TIPA") was signed into law by President Obama in December of last year. One of the changes made by the Act (Section 206) was a change in the Internal Revenue Code to create – and to...more

Employers: Properly Administer Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans, or You May Be Held Liable to Participants for Adverse Tax...

An employer’s liability to retirees for “improper” FICA tax withholding illustrates the importance of diligent administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans. In the recent case of Davidson v. Henkel Corp.,...more

White House Budget Proposal Includes Many Retirement-Related Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, which includes a number of tax code changes targeting retirement savings. If enacted as presented, the proposals would have a significant effect on...more

Reasons When Plan Sponsors Should Change Their Plan Providers

People are afraid of change and sometimes; change can be a good thing. Change for the sake of change isn’t a good idea and there are times when change is absolutely necessary. This article is about when it’s probably a good...more

Second UBS Tax Investigation Shows the Continuing Allure of Whistleblower Law

News leaked late last week that Swiss banking giant UBS is again under DOJ investigation for aiding tax fraud by U.S. clients. In 2009, UBS pled guilty to a criminal tax conspiracy charge, and received a deferred prosecution...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2015

The Supreme Court cast a ray of sunlight for employers by rejecting the use of a problematic inference in adjudicating claims for retiree benefits brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. For many years, the...more

What Retirement Plan Sponsors Have To Fear

In his inauguration speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Retirement plan sponsors have more to fear than fear itself except the problem is that they’re unaware that they...more

2015 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This letter is an update on the most recent estate and gift tax developments and serves as a follow-up to our past yearly tax updates, which can be accessed by clicking the “Family Wealth...more

Form 5500 – Do You Need to File?

Many businesses are not always aware of the potential requirement to file Form 5500 each year; the form details financial conditions, investments and operations of benefit plans, as required by ERISA and the IRS. ...more

IRS Required Restatement of Retirement Plan

Every six years, the Internal Revenue Service requires that all pre-approved volume submitter and prototype retirement plan documents be updated and restated. The current restatement period will incorporate provisions from...more

Marketing and Management Tips For Retirement Plan Providers

I have been very lucky in my career. It has nothing to do with intelligence or good looks or being pushed by the right people. I‘ve been lucky because I’ve been able to reinvent myself and some- times turn lemons into...more

Small Steps That Plan Sponsors Can Take To Limit Their Fiduciary Liability

When it comes to our health, small preventative steps can help us avoid greater harm to our health later down the line. We have been told of the great health benefits of taking baby aspirin for heart health and how we can...more

February 2, 2015 Deadlines for Reporting 2014 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Employers should be sure they are ready to comply with the fast-approaching deadlines for reporting 2014 incentive stock option (ISO) exercises and certain employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) transfers under Section 6039 of...more

Pension News - December 2014

In This Issue: - Budget Reforms - Pension Protection Fund - Department for Work and Pensions - Legislation - Case Law - HMRC - Public service pension schemes - On the Horizon - Excerpt from...more

IRS Issues 2014 Cumulative List of Plan Changes

Plan sponsors that are scheduled to file determination letter applications with the IRS for their qualified retirement plans between February 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016, (Cycle E sponsors), should be aware that the IRS...more

“Plain” Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Same-Sex Marriage Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in four same-sex marriage cases in April, potentially settling the divisive issue by the end of the current term. The justices will consider an appeal from the 6th Circuit decision...more

Ohio Employers to Pay More FUTA on 2014 Q4 Tax Returns

As a result of Ohio’s failure to repay outstanding federal loans related to the state’s unemployment insurance, Ohio employers will be unable to claim the maximum state unemployment tax credits on their 2014 federal...more

FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case

A decision last month from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit marks a disappointing end to a decade-long tax case affecting many Washington-area businesses. The case, Wolff v. United States of America, Adversary...more

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