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Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

Mistakes An Employer Should Avoid Starting A 401(k) Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m a firm believer that you need to get off on the right foot if we start something new. Otherwise, you have tough time recovering. When I talk about getting off on the wrong foot, I always remember wanting to get involved...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements – Tip #4 – Beware of 409A

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

Marketing For Plan Providers: What It Can Do And What It Can’t

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For retirement plan providers, good marketing is essential. It’s so essential that there are marketing gurus out there that work in the retirement plan space to help providers out like Sheri Fitts and Rebecca Hourihan who do...more

The Costly Tax Consequences of ESOP Disqualification

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Over the past several years, the IRS has renewed its focus on auditing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), in part because of allegedly abusive arrangements (for a quick overview, see Courtney’s ESOP post). Unfortunately,...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: It’s Time To Wake Up

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Anytime I travel, I ask for a wake up call even though my IPhone will blare “Eat the Rich” by Aerosmith at the same time because you can never be too careful. When I travel around the country to speak, I want to make sure I...more

Unexpected Risks of Early Exercise Incentive Stock Options

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Canadian companies and their outside counsel occasionally ask about the ability to grant early exercise incentive stock options (“ISOs”) to limit the impact of the U.S. alternative minimum tax (“AMT”) to their U.S. employees....more

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

What is an ESOP? An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan designed to give company stock to its employees. ...more

Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

Michigan Adopts New Incentive Tool for Economic Development

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A new tax incentive program targeting large job providers passed the Michigan legislature last week with bi-partisan support, and is expected to be signed soon by Governor Rick Snyder, who strongly supported the legislation....more

UK Tax Round Up - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

UK Tax News and Developments - Conservative legislative agenda set out in Queen's Speech - Following the UK general election on 8 June 2017, at which the Conservative party won the largest number of seats but lost its...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

Stuff in a 401(k) Plan That Doesn’t Look Right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that if things don’t look right even if they are, it will give people the impression that something is wrong. It’s similar to the expression of: “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” A plan sponsor can’t afford to...more

Developments in FICA and self-employment tax affect partners and S corporations

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

I was recently honored to serve as a guest columnist in the June 2017 “Shop Talk” column in WG&L’s Journal of Taxation. The article, “Developments in FICA and Self-Employment Tax Affect Partners and S Corporations,” tied...more

Creating Content That Will “Click”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In the old days, newspaper and television advertising were the way that you could get your message across to potential clients and sources for referrals. The only problem is that advertising was and is still cost prohibitive....more

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan review is usually a sales pitch by a retirement plan provider...more

President Trump Loosens DOL Apprenticeship Qualifications

On June 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order streamlining the design and approval for apprenticeship programs funded by the Department of Labor (DOL). The Order is intended to entice more employers to begin...more

IRS gets upper hand in S corporation compensation audits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Any compensation the owner receives is subject to FICA tax, which imposes an equivalent burden. And the IRS frequently attacks owners who receive cash distributions from an S corporation, arguing that the distributions were...more

Pitfalls a 401(k) Sponsor Can Avoid With Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While much of the focus concerning the liability of sponsoring a 401(k) plan is about plan expenses thanks to the many lawsuits filed against plan sponsors. However for most plan sponsors, the greatest liability they actually...more

Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

What the New Kansas Income Tax Bill Will Mean for Individuals and Businesses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The saga of Kansas income tax law changes concluded earlier this week when Kansas lawmakers overrode Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that dismantled the governor's signature tax cuts. With the state facing an estimated...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

We Didn’t Start The 401(k) Fire; It’s Always Been Burning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He’s not up there with Aerosmith, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac for me, but he’s up there. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I always loved...more

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