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How Keeping Good Records Can Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

Besides being a religious text, the Bible is essentially a history book detailing major religious events like the Exodus from Egypt. A history book is a record of events that can be passed down from generation to generation....more

As A 401(k) Sponsor, A Class Action Lawsuit Is The Least Of Your Legal Worries

Having been in my own practice for over 6 years, it’s a broken record hearing from 401(k) plan sponsors on how they have nothing to fear about being sued since their plans are small potatoes. The problem with that view is...more

Are Individually Designed Retirement Plans Destined to Become Dinosaurs?

The Impact of Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program - This January 2017 will see the last regular IRS determination letter applications filed for individually designed retirement plans. After this final Cycle A...more

HMRC Publishes Guidance on the Tax Treatment of Clawback of Remuneration in the UK

Since the financial crisis of 2008 / 2009, swathes of new regulations have been introduced governing various aspects of remuneration in the financial services sector. A key feature of these rules is the compulsory clawback of...more

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule

When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings opportunity. So while people are predicting gloom and doom when discussing the Department of...more

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans

As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some “magic beans” and his mother is so angry, she throws the beans on the ground and a magic beanstalk grows overnight. When it comes to...more

Employee Benefits Developments - December 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of December, 2016. Certain Captive Arrangements Are No Longer Under the Radar - Notice 2016-66, released...more

Best Practices for 401(k) Plan Administration Includes Using Forfeiture Accounts by Year-End

Since at least 2010, the IRS has publicly stated that forfeitures must be used by the end of the plan year in which the forfeiture occurred, or as soon as possible thereafter. Some IRS pre-approved prototype or volume...more

A Plan Sponsor Should Never Assume Their Providers Are Doing A Great Job

My wife and I have been in our house for over 11 years and it’s been one remodeling project after another. This is what happens when the previous owner did nothing for 20 years. We hired a general contractor to redo our...more

Consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income and you're retiring...

Are you age 70 1/2 or older and thinking about retiring in December or January? You may want to consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income. As a...more

How A Plan Sponsor Can Increase 401(k) Participation Without Costing Much $$$

My former Synagogue wanted Hebrew school parents to attend Synagogue events, so they created a participation fee where parents would have to pay $180 that they could use to attend events. Before I was involved as a Trustee...more

Puerto Rico Treasury Announces 2017 Limits on Qualified Retirement Plans

On December 8, 2016, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury issued its Tax Policy Circular Letter No. 16-07 (“CL 16-07”), announcing the applicable limits for 2017 for qualified retirement plans. Pursuant to Section...more

The Supreme Court’s New Church Plan Cases — How They Might Affect ERISA Litigation Generally

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in three Church Plan cases presents the possibility that many Church Plans thought for years to be exempt from ERISA rules, including its funding rules, will now have...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 12

FDIC Adopts New Recordkeeping Requirements for Large Banks – Modifies Original Proposal as to Brokered CDs - In November 2016, the FDIC approved a final rule establishing recordkeeping requirements for insured...more

Plan Design Features That Crimp Retirement Savings

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) took a look at 80 401(k) plans and concentrated on the features that they believe limit an employee’s ability to save. While the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA currently allow all of...more

Why A Plan Sponsor Should Get A Plan Review

Retirement plan sponsors tend to be reactive rather than pro-active. They would rather not spend money to undergo a plan review and assume everything is fine until they run into a big compliance issue or mistakes are...more

Ballard Opinion Letter Program to Replace IRS Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service has largely ended its determination letter program by which sponsors of individually designed retirement plans can obtain confirmation that their plan documents are tax-qualified. The IRS has...more

Much-Anticipated Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Guidance Provides Promised Transition Relief

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has released Notice 2016-76, providing anticipated guidance and transition relief for certain dividend equivalent transactions described in section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal...more

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

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2016

This month we review a recent Second Circuit decision addressing ERISA plan status as a class member in a securities shareholder class action. As discussed in the article, the decision exposes a potential conflict among the...more

IRS Announces Additional Procedure for Accepting Late Retirement Plan Rollovers

The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides that distributions from certain retirement arrangements (e.g., qualified retirement plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), §403(a) annuity plans, §403(b) tax-sheltered...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November, 2016. ACA Information Reporting – Bad News and Good News - First, the bad news: The 2016 final...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The Financial Stability Board—that Swiss-based grand collection of central bankers and regulators from the world’s biggest economies—has upped the systemic importance ranking for three of America’s biggest banks, including...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

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