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Individually Designed Retirement Plans and the New IRS Determination Letter Program

A qualified retirement plan (hereinafter a “Plan”) must satisfy the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) in form and in operation. In other words, the documents establishing and governing the Plan must satisfy...more

Lies that 401(k) Plan Providers May Tell You

I’m a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac (the Stevie Nicks-Lindsey Buckingham years) and was able to see them twice on their last tour. One of my favorite songs of theirs is Little Lies. Christine McVie, who never gets the credit she...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 3: Don’t Fear the (409A) Reaper

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-37, which sets forth in detail the significant changes to the IRS’s determination letter program for qualified retirement plans, which we have written about...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, 2016, after more than 15 years of ongoing deliberations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the Dept. of Treasury) issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code),...more

IRS Proposes Modifications to Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations under Section 409A

In general, proposed rulemaking issued in December 2008 with respect to income inclusion under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (available here) provides that if there is a Section 409A violation...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

State Court Retroactive Change to IRA Beneficiary Not Given Tax Effect by IRS

A decedent had 2 IRAs. The death beneficiaries of the IRAs were trusts that qualified as "look through" trusts, such that the payout period for the IRAs after the decedent died could be computed using the life expectancy of...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

Cautionary Observations from the Proposed 457 Regulations

After more than nine years of deliberations, the IRS has finally released proposed regulations governing all types of deferred compensation plans maintained by non-profit organizations and governmental entities. In...more

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

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 2: Taking (and Giving) Stock

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

A Blueprint for Maintaining an Individually Designed Qualified Plan after the IRS’s Determination Letter Program Cutback

In Depth - On June 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially sounded the death knell for the five-year remedial amendment cycle with its release of Revenue Procedure 2016-37. Effective January 1, 2017,...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

IRS Announces Major Qualified Plan Determination Letter Program Change

The Internal Revenue Service has published very important new guidance on assuring employer sponsored pension and profit sharing plans qualify for tax exemption. Revenue Procedure 201637, 2016-29 Internal Revenue Bulletin,...more

Long-Awaited 457 Plan Regulations Provide Planning Opportunities for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code, fulfilling a nearly decade-old commitment to provide additional...more

Section 409A: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations to Address Open Questions

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (409A Proposed Regs). The government noted that the 409A Proposed Regs are...more

Proposed 409A Regulations Provide Clarity and Some Flexibility

On the same day it released proposed regulations under Section 457 — as reported in our "New 457 Regulations for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt and Government Employers" update —the IRS released...more

Deferred No Longer: Treasury and IRS Issue Long-Awaited 409A Guidance

On June 21, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 409A regulations, modifying existing proposed and final section 409A regulations regarding...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

The Impact of Recently Proposed Regulations on Ineligible Nonqualified Plans Under Internal Revenue Code § 457(f)

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued comprehensive proposed regulations governing nonqualified plans subject to tax under Internal Revenue Code § 457. Code § 457 prescribes the tax rules...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently issued detailed guidance on the new determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans. In 2015, the IRS announced that, due to budgetary constraints, the program...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 409A Regulations May Impact Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

On June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed 409A regulations intended to (a) clarify certain provisions of the final 409A regulations that were published in 2008, (b) withdraw and replace provisions in those earlier regulations...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

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