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“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

Pick Plan Providers Just Because They Are Cheap Is A Bad Idea

My wife loves a good bargain; I have lots of credit card bills to prove that. Seriously, my wife is an excellent shopper because she is a savvy shopper. My wife likes a good bargain and it’s about value, getting something in...more

2015 New Year Tips for Retirement Plan Providers

With a new year, comes a renewed focus on business now that the holidays are behind us. For the retirement plan provider, there is never enough time to rest on their laurels because of the competitive nature of the business....more

TEFRA, Sometimes Forgotten But Not Gone

The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (“TEFRA”), as codified in Internal Revenue Code. § 6221, et seq., (“IRC”) is sometimes lost in the maze of more recent tax enactments. But, occasionally, it does rear its...more

2015 New Year’s Resolutions For Plan Sponsors

A New Year’s resolution is a promise that a person makes to achieve one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. The big deal about a New Year’s Resolution is that it is made in anticipation of the New...more

The Conduct Code for Retirement Plan Sponsors

When we were in school, there was a conduct code. For some of us that have occupations that require a license, we have a code of conduct to follow as well. Unfortunately for plan sponsor, no one ever tells them that their...more

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

A seat belt in a car is useless if the driver or passenger isn’t wearing it. A smoke detector is useless if the batteries are dead. Vitamin C won’t prevent a cold and putting paper on your forehead won’t cure hiccups. For a...more

End of Year Tips for The 401(k) Plan Sponsor

With Thanksgiving done, we look to the holidays and the New Year. While many of us are busy shopping for loved ones, many businesses and individuals have their eye geared to- wards next year. As a retirement plan sponsor, you...more

Pearls of “Wisdom” for 401(k) Plan Providers

I am no genius and I’m sure all of you will agree. I have only been success- ful as an ERISA attorney because of my ambition and an uncanny ability to connect with my audience even though I’m still that shy kid from Canarsie,...more

Why Am I Taxed Now on My Future Receipts: The Woes of a Profits Interest

Companies often grant stock options to incentivize employees and so that their interests are aligned with the future success of the company, and partnerships (and limited liability companies taxed as partnerships) are no...more

Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That’s True

When 401(k) retirement plan providers are courting you, your instinct when listen- ing to the sales pitch is that the provider is telling you only what they want you to hear. However, a good chunk of the time, they aren’t...more

An Employer’s “Recipe” for having a Great Retirement Plan

Every good meal needs a good recipe and every good recipe needs good ingredients. While many products out there have secret ingredients (Coca- Cola), others have secret ingredients that aren’t (that Big Mac special sauce is...more

Why An Employer Can And Should Set Up A Retirement Plan Committee

Being a retirement plan sponsor can be a bit overwhelming and one of the major reasons that retirement plans are mismanaged because there is a lack of management. Retirement plan committees, regardless of the size of the plan...more

Good “Housekeeping” Tips To Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

When I was at Stony Brook, there was a Political Science course that I enjoyed called Government Regulation of Business. When it came time to exams, I realized that buying the textbook was a bad idea since the exams were just...more

How A Plan Provider Can Lose Clients in 7 Easy Ways

It’s easier to spend money than to make money. It’s easier to lose a client than get hired by a new one. As a retirement plan provider, you can ill-afford to lose clients. Too many retirement plan providers don’t see how...more

Notice 2014-67 ?? Safe Harbors for ACOs and a New Management Contract Safe Harbor for Everyone

On Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service released interim guidance, Notice 2014-67, on whether a state or local government entity or an organization described in §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986,...more

How to Pick Your Retirement Plan Providers

It’s easier to spend money than to make money. It’s easier to lose a client than get hired by a new one. As a retirement plan provider, you can ill-afford to lose clients. Too many retirement plan providers don’t see how...more

Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Know Their Role as Plan Fiduciaries

I love professional wrestling and I’m not afraid to admit. Yes, I know it’s not real just like I know the Ewings don’t live on Southfork Ranch. Maybe it’s in my blood since both of my grandfathers watch it, but I find the...more

Doing Business in Australia

With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more

Lies That Prospective Retirement Plan Providers May Tell You

When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more

Planning For The Exit – What’s Your Exit Strategy? [Video]

Cox Smith, Padgett Stratemann, and Navidar Group hosted an interactive discussion on the current climate for buying and selling businesses, preparations for you and your business, tax strategies, and the legal process behind...more

ESOPs: The Tax Law Provides a Buyer for Your Business

As baby boomer business owners begin to retire, many will want to monetize the value they have created in their businesses. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one alternative. The ESOP alternative, authorized by the...more

Issues with Hiring a Mutual Fund Company as Your 401(k) TPA

In England, British breweries own many of the top beer pubs because watering holes are an effective means of beer distribution. If a business can control the method of distribution of their own products, they can expand the...more

IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of an LLC Are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

A recent response by the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel (CCA) to an inquiry from one of its field office agents addressed the question of whether management fees earned by an investment manager organized as a limited...more

Tales of a Former TPA Attorney

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for third party administrators (TPAs) because it gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney...more

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