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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

IRS and DOL Issue Guidance on Including Deferred Annuities in Target Date Funds

Guidance addresses nondiscrimination, qualified default investment alternative, and annuity safe harbor rules. On October 24, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each issued...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter

Editor's Overview - As it is well known, in Cigna Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court identified several forms of appropriate equitable relief that may be available under Section 502(a)(3) of...more

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

New IRS Rules on Direct Rollovers of Taxable and Non-Taxable Amounts Require Changes to Defined Contribution Plan Administration...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released guidance allowing participants to allocate the taxable and non-taxable portions of a single distribution from a defined contribution retirement plan into separate accounts....more

On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part I: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

It is no secret that many Silicon Valley employers serve free gourmet meals to their employees—the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit magazine, Time, Forbes, and other media sources have reported on this benefit. In addition,...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

Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency, Part II: Taxation of Virtual Currency Income

In Part I of this series, we discussed the IRS guidelines on the taxation of gains and losses associated with convertible virtual currency. In this post, we will focus on the taxation of income--wages, self-employment income...more

IRS Provides Protection against Upcoming Change in Rollover Rules

Today, in Announcement 2014-32 (the "Announcement"), the Internal Revenue Service clarified the rules that will apply going forward when an owner of an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) seeks to roll over a distribution...more

Stock Options for Private Companies: Understanding the Risks, Realizing the Rewards

Executive Brief - • Stock options have been useful components of employee compensation, but new accounting rules adopted in 2005 can have a significant impact on a company’s financial processes and can result in severe...more

Social Security Benefits to Inch Up 1.7 Percent in 2015

The nation's elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2015. This is expected to raise the average monthly payment for the typical retired worker by $22. The increase...more

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2014

IRS Announces 2015 Dollar Limits for Health FSAs and Transportation Benefits - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2015 dollar limits applicable to contributions to health flexible spending accounts...more

November and December 2014 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties and excise taxes. To...more

IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Retirement Plans, Health FSAs, and Transportation Fringe Benefits

You know it’s Fall when the leaves turn color, jack-o-lanterns wink in the twilight, the World Series plays on … and the IRS announces new indexed annual limits for employee benefit plans. Sticking to tradition, the IRS...more

Many Employee Retirement Plan Dollar Limits Adjusted For 2015

The Internal Revenue Code provides for various dollar limitations on benefits, contributions, and compensation for tax-qualified employee benefit plans. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living...more

IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2015 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2015. Several of the limits that currently apply to the 2014 plan year will change for...more

2015 Tax Changes for Retirement Plans

On October 23, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. Many of the pension plan limitations...more

2015 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments Applicable To Employee Benefit Plans

Elective Deferral Contributions: For the 2015 calendar year, the annual limitation under Code section 402(g)(1) on the amount of elective deferrals to Code section 401(k) plans, Code section 403(b) plans, and Code section...more

Retirement Plan Limitations for 2015

Date: November 3, 2014 The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for retirement plan contributions and benefits for 2015. Highlights include the following...more

Year End Retirement Plan Compliance

An annual checkup of qualified retirement plan documents is a good preventative measure to ensure compliance with the myriad of rules and regulations governing such plans. As 2014 draws to a close, the next few weeks is the...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

It's November – Do You Know Where Your Plan Document Is?

Every year around this time (and hopefully even earlier), many plan sponsors begin the arduous task of preparing determination letter applications for their qualified retirement plans (i.e., their profit-sharing, 401(k),...more

Act 47: Pennsylvania Says Enough Is Enough. Or Is It?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 1773 (HB 1773) into law, significantly overhauling the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, known as Act 47. Enacted in the 1980s to provide assistance to...more

Tax Law Blog: More 2015 Tax Numbers Released, Including Tax Brackets

I previously posted about the increase in retirement plan contribution limits for 2015. This week the IRS announced the tax brackets, personal exemption, and standard deduction amounts for tax year 2015. To be clear, the new...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

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