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The Essential Plan Providers For A 401(k) Plan

When people are sick, especially debilitating illnesses or diseases, it’s natural for them to travel far and wide to get the best medical coverage possible. I live in Long Island, but my children were born in Manhattan...more

Pensions News - July 2015

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on developments in pension legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming months. This...more

Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are True

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

There Is No Such Thing as Free 401(k) Administration

There is no such thing as the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy, or the Boogeyman. While we can laugh at it, it’s surprising to note that many plan sponsors still believe they pay nothing for 401(k) plan administration even in...more

International Tax Alert (US): Tax Court Invalidates Cost Sharing Regulation on Stock-Based Compensation. Now What?

The Tax Court in Altera Corp. v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 3 (2015) has determined that Treas. Reg. §1.482-7(d)(2) requiring related taxpayers to share stock-based compensation (SBC) in a cost sharing arrangement (CSA) is...more

Ninth Circuit: Multiemployer Plan Calling Unpaid Contributions “Plan Assets” Does Not Make Persons Controlling Contribution...

The Ninth Circuit recently held that a multiemployer pension plan (MEP) cannot label unpaid contributions as “plan assets” so as to impose ERISA fiduciary status on persons controlling the payment of employer contributions to...more

Important Tax Provisions Contained in Acts Extending Highway Trust Fund and Trade Preferences

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Highway Act”), into law. Although the Highway Act is primarily for the purpose of...more

Attention 401(k) Plan Sponsors: This is Your Wake Up Call

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

Is An Asset Purchaser Liable For Seller’s Withdrawal Liability?

Many asset buyers believe that, as long as they do not agree to ERISA Section 4204’s sale of assets exception to withdrawal liability, they will acquire the seller’s assets free and clear of any prior contribution history and...more

Tax Court: Stock based Compensation Costs Need not be Included in International Cost-Sharing Arrangements

The Stunning Altera Case - Employee stock options are an important part of compensation—both as income to the executives and as a deduction for the employer. But when stock options are used by multinational companies,...more

Know Your Limits! Section 162(m) and Excess Equity Grants

In the past few years there has been an uptick in stockholder derivative litigation related to equity compensation granted to named executive officers that exceed the plan share limits. The claims against the companies...more

How Retirement Plan Providers Can Avoid Communication Problems

Life is all about relationships, whether it’s family, friends, or business. Whether it’s starting a relationship, continuing one, or ending one, it’s all about communication. I can honestly say from my life, the relationships...more

Offering Employee Equity Has Become Much Easier for Australian Start-Ups

From 1 July 2015 the way in which options granted by any company to its employees in Australia will be taxed has changed, but the main winners under the new tax rules are those Australian companies that qualify for the...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Simplify Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

As explained in a prior blog post, an employee who timely files a Section 83(b) election will be taxed on the fair market value of property transferred (typically restricted stock) to him or her in exchange for services on...more

Good Bets by a 401(k) Plan Sponsor to Avoid Liability

I don’t gamble because I don’t like to lose and that’s a big problem about gambling because people do lose. I stopped playing Powerball and Mega Millions. The last time I ever bet on a sport was betting a friend $10 on the...more

How Employers Can Avoid Turning Their Retirement Plan Into An HR Disaster

When it comes to recruiting and retaining employees, salary isn’t enough. Employees also seek benefits, which can be treated as tax-free compensation such as employer-provided health insurance and tuition assistance. One...more

IRS Moves to Limit De-Risking Lump Sum Distributions

On July 9, 2015, the IRS announced that it intends to amend the required minimum distribution regulations under Section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit plans from offering voluntary lump-sum cashouts to...more

Never Use Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA

I have been in my own practice for 5 years and for 5 years, I’ve made enemies with two of the largest payroll providers in this country because I have issues with payroll providers being third party administrators (TPAs) for...more

Fund Managers, Welcome to the Hotel California - When It Comes to Certain Taxes, It's Possible You Can Never Leave - Tax Update...

Fund Managers May Be Taxable in California, Even if the Manager Has No Property or Payroll in California and All of the Management Services Are Performed Outside of the State. Several recent law changes in California,...more

How Retirement Plan Advisors Can Benefit From Any New DOL Fiduciary Rule

One of my favorite companies is Netflix. The first time I came into contact with them, it was through an offer that was in the box of the first DVD player I bought in 2000. Instead of rentals through Blockbuster or Hollywood...more

Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the...more

Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don’t Look Right

They always say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but people do. People say you shouldn’t judge people by their appearance and they do. Just because something doesn’t look right, doesn’t mean it isn’t right....more

Deferred Compensation - Updated IRS Audit Guide

The IRS recently updated the Audit Techniques Guide that is provided to its agents with respect to deferred compensation programs, including - as the Guide specifies - salary reduction arrangements, bonus deferral plans,...more

Employer’s Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They’re Wrong

When dealing with my children and many adults, I hear many excuses why things don’t get done correctly. No one wants to accept re- sponsibility for their ineptness; they just cling to these excuses. Plan sponsors don’t have...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones

Bigger does not mean better, that’s what mom and pop stores say all the time. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. When it comes to 401(k) plans, most people would assume that larger 401(k) plans would have...more

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