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A Good Retirement Plan Doesn’t Grow On Trees

It doesn’t grow on trees, it’s not in the water, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen in a vacuum, and it certainly didn’t come out of thin air. A good retirement plan takes a lot of...more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part I)

For businesses operating across state lines, state taxation bears a resemblance to standing with one foot on each of two logs in a flowing river: even during calm periods, staying above water is a challenge. And these are not...more

Massachusetts Unveils Limited Amnesty Program

Beginning March 16, 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is offering an aptly described “limited” amnesty program for taxpayers with certain tax liabilities. Technical Information Release 15-2....more

Another 10 Wrong Ideas That Plan Sponsors Have About Their Retirement Plans

Most of the time, sequels suck. Except for perhaps Terminator 2 and The Godfather Part II, most sequels are like such bombs as Caddyshack II and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. Despite this dislike of sequels, giving Plan...more

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

The Top 10 Wrong Ideas That Plan Sponsors Have About Their Retirement Plans

People can get the wrong idea at times. I’ll never understand what Fred Silverman was thinking when he made Jean Doumanian the successor to Lorne Michaels as Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live or when he imported Pink...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

San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax Update: New Regulations Impact Returns Due Today

The San Francisco Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector recently issued Gross Receipts Tax regulations, tax return filing instructions and other guidance addressing major changes to how owners of disregarded entities are...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

Premium Reimbursement Arrangements Get Relief - More ACA Transition Relief—This Time for Small Employers and S-Corps

The IRS issued guidance on Feb. 18, 2015, providing temporary relief until June 30, 2015, from steep penalties for small employers and S-corps that have continued to use premium reimbursement arrangements to provide health...more

I Received a Notice from the IRS – Now What?

Don’t panic! You aren’t going to jail. However, you don’t want to ignore it. The issue will not go away on its own. A prompt response to the notice will save you a major headache later 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

Private Equity Tax Alert - What might the General Election bring

As we enter the run-up to the General Election in May, private equity funds and their managers might want to consider what the possible tax implications of a new Government might be both for the managers of their portfolio...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

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

“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

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