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How To Operate A Retirement Plan Provider Practice on a Shoe String

I decided to start my own practice when another law firm stated that I could earn $150,000 if I brought them $450,000 billable work. I thought if I could bring in $450,000 of business, why would I need them and waste $300,000...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – September 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)’s 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage (commonly known as the “Cadillac tax”) is slated to take effect in 2018. The IRS has issued several...more

It’s the End of the Determination Letter Program -- As We Know It

With Announcement 2015-19, the Internal Revenue Service has effectively ended the determination letter program for individually designed qualified plans as of January 1, 2017. Individually designed plans can still obtain...more

What Plan Sponsors Don’t Know, May Hurt Them

When I worked at a semi-prestigious law firm, one of the named partners (whose son was a respectable politician) asked me what my practice was. I told him it was ERISA, said he said didn’t know anything about it and walked...more

10 Things About Retirement Plans That Employers Should Know

A plan sponsor must delegate much of their duties to retirement plan providers. That may include third party administrators (TPAs), financial advisors, and ERISA attorneys. Despite the fact that retirement plan sponsors...more

Department of Treasury Issues 2015-2016 Priority Planning Guide

The Department of the Treasury issued its 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan detailing projects that it intends on dedicating resources to in the coming year. There are numerous employee benefits-related items in the plan....more

IRS Issues Guidance on Bonus Depreciation

The IRS issued guidance on Tuesday dealing with first-year bonus depreciation. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 amended Section 168(k)(2) by extending the one year placed-in-service date for property that...more

IRS to Prohibit Lump-Sum Cashout Windows for Pension Plan Retirees

As described in a prior alert, the IRS issued Notice 2015-49, which abruptly announces the IRS’s intention to prohibit lump-sum cashout windows for pension plan retirees already in pay status. The IRS intends to prohibit...more

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IRS Issues Guidance on Participant Voting Requirement for Benefit Suspensions under MPRA

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed and temporary regulations (collectively, the Guidance) under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). As discussed in an earlier WorkCite...more

September and October 2015 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. To avoid such...more

Recent IRS Guidance Prohibits Lump-Sum Windows for Pension Retirees, Updates Pension Mortality Tables for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued two significant notices for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans, particularly those considering lump-sum windows as a “de-risking” option for their plans....more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - September 2015

The Essential Plan Providers For A 401(k) Plan. The Plan Providers you need. When people are sick, especially debilitating illnesses or diseases, it's natural for them to travel far and wide to get the best medical...more

Retirement Plan Provider Marketing Do’s and Don’ts

I never took a marketing course in college and I probably should have if I was going to go on my own and start a law practice. While I never have taken a marketing course, I’ve been pretty good at it considering you’re...more

Approval Process Disapproved: IRS Curtails the Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) on July 21, 2015, issued Announcement 2015-19, describing important changes to the determination letter program for individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans. These changes...more

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

Pension Investment Management Services - with or without VAT?

A significant cost of running a defined benefit pension scheme historically has been the VAT on investment management services. However, HMRC has recently confirmed that a European court case means employers may now recover...more

IRS Announces Changes to Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Retirement Plans

In Announcement 2015-19, the IRS announced the elimination of the five year remedial amendment cycle for individually designed retirement plans effective as of January 1, 2017. This means that after January 1, 2017,...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

IRS Releases Guidance on Taxability of Identity Protection Services

As companies and governmental entities increasingly do business and store sensitive information in online or cloud-based environments, the risk of improper disclosure continues to grow. The unprecedented breach of the United...more

The IRS Takes Aim at De-Risking of Defined Benefit Plans

Many defined benefit plan sponsors are looking for ways to reduce the on-going liability and the volatility of the annually required contributions to their defined benefit plans, which is sometimes referred to as...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

IRS Takes Aim at Pension Plans “De-Risking” Lump Sum Cash-outs

In recent years, many pension plan sponsors have sought to reduce pension liabilities by offering lump sum “window” programs. Such programs are one of several popular risk-reduction (or “de-risking”) strategies employed by...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

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