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401(k) Plan Sponsors: Please Read This Article!

You’re a 401(k) plan sponsor and we understand that you’re busy running a business and talking about retirement plan issues is as exciting as watching paint dry. The problem is that paint drying won’t expose you to liability,...more

How To Have A Good 401(k) Plan After The Long Run

I’m a big fan of The Eagles and one of my favorite songs is the title track “The Long Run.” “You can go the distance. We'll find out in the long run.” While the song is really about love and relationships, I like it because...more

How Retirement Plan Providers Can Deal With The Fiduciary Rule Change

At its prime, Blockbuster Video had 9,000 stores and was actually bought by Viacom in 1994 for $8.4 billion. Then some things called DVDs, Netflix, Redbox, and digital delivery caused Blockbuster to go out of business....more

Don’t Use Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA

I’ve been writing articles for the past 6 years and the ones that are remembered the most are the ones about how it’s a bad idea for plan sponsors to use payroll providers as the third party administrators (TPAs) of their...more

How to Communicate and Understand Retirement Plan Sponsors

Being a retirement plan provider isn’t just about selling services, it’s really about selling yourself and you can’t sell yourself properly if you can’t communicate with clients and potential plan clients. This article is...more

Mistakes A Plan Sponsor Should Correct Before An IRS or DOL Audit

I have been in the retirement plan business for over 17 years and I have met too many plan sponsors who don’t care that their plan isn’t being run correctly. What makes them eventually care is when they are audited by the...more

Features That Turn Your 401(k) Plan Into A 401(k) Disco

There is a difference between throwbacks vs. vintage clothing. A throwback is a sports uniform styled to resemble the uniforms that a team wore in the past. Vintage clothing are actual clothing garments from another era. I...more

The Plan Sponsor Awakens

Like most of my generation, I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw A New Hope when I was 5 in1977. I even liked the prequel trilogy (except for Jar Jar Binks). When they announced that there would be an Episode VII, I...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

IRS Form 4506-T Electronic Signature Requirements

This document includes the requirements for the suggested framework which all IVES Participants must adhere to in order to participate using electronic signatures for IRS Forms 4506-T or 4506T-EZ....more

Weekly Brief: CFPB, Legal Fees & Hashtag Hijackers [Video]

Oct. 18 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is considering a plan to grant unprecedented legal immunity to mortgage lenders....more

Here is Something to Whistle About!- Reflections on the UBS Whistleblower - Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial...

Over the last few weeks I have been diligently outlining tax planning strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income. These strategies have ranged from structured settlement arrangements using private placement...more

Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorneys – Part 5 : Structured Settlement Life Insurance – A Tax-Free...

In Part 5, I focus on the utility of the QSF from an investment funding perspective to illustrate how private placement life insurance can be used in a split dollar life insurance funding format in order to to create a...more

Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorneys – Part 4: The Trial Attorney’s Pension Plan

Part I of this series focused on tax reduction and deferral strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income using private placement variable deferred annuities in lieu of fixed annuities for structured settlement...more

Trial attorney - Tax Planning Using PPLI and CLATs (Supplemental Presentation)

Part I of this series focused on tax reduction and deferral strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income using private placement variable deferred annuities in lieu of fixed annuities for structured...more

Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorneys – Part 3

Part I of this series focused on tax reduction and deferral strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income using private placement variable deferred annuities in lieu of fixed annuities for structured settlement...more

Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorneys – Part 2

Part I of this series focusing on tax reduction and deferral strategies for trial attorneys with contingent fee income examined the use of private placement variable deferred annuities in lieu of fixed annuities for...more

Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorneys - Part 1

Trial attorneys are extremely vulnerable to changing tax landscape which is quickly becoming hostile territory. As the Bush tax cuts are due to expire at the end of December 2012, the tax increases will further erode trial...more

How to Pick a Worthy Charity

Clients frequently ask for recommendations for their charitable giving. In some cases, donors have a clear idea of the area of activity to support but do not know how to identify the most worthy charities. Other clients have...more

Income Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorney Contingency Fee Income: Part 1—Structured Settlement Annuities...

Originally published in ABA Section of Taxation News Quarterly - Summer 2012. Overview - Structured settlement annuities (SSA) have been recognized by federal law since 1983. The original use of these arrangements was...more

Atlantic Electronics -v- HM Revenue & Customs

Fairness in Justice – Fighting one taxpayer by using the others taxes!.

The Chamber President, The Hon Mr. Justice Warren in the cases of HMRC –v- Atlantic Electronics held AN APPEAL BY HMRC TO disapply Rule 10 of the 2009 Rules is DISMISSED! “The right to opt out from Costs is a recognition of...more

Why Some Law Firms Have Lousy 401(k) Plans

My father is an electrician and my mother always joked that whenever we needed electrical work done in the house, we need to hire an electrician. The story is similar to the tale of the shoemaker’s children that needs shoes....more

Why Attorneys Should Care About Their Clients' Retirement Plans

While plan sponsors, financial advisors, and accountants should know about the potential pitfalls of plan sponsor liability or the need to have a plan design that fits the plan sponsor’s needs, I am amazed that many attorneys...more

IRS Permits Puerto Rico-Qualified Plans to Participate in U.S. Group and Master Trusts for Transition Period, Extends Deadline for...

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax-qualified retirement plans in Puerto Rico may continue to pool assets with U.S.-qualified plans in group and master trusts described in Revenue Ruling 81-100 until further...more

Hedge Fund Failure Predictions and Strategies: How to Catch a Falling Knife and Not Get Cut

Predictions and Suggestions of Morrison & Foerster’s Hedge Recovery/Defense Team. Morrison & Foerster has formalized its multi-disciplinary team dedicated to responding to client service needs in the coming distress cycle...more

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