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2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirement and Other Benefit Plans

Retirement Plan Limits - The following limits apply to retirement plans in 2015: - The limit on elective deferrals under 401(k) and 403(b) plans has increased to $18,000 in 2015. - The annual limit on...more

Tax Law Blog: 2015 Retirement Plan Limits Announced

Every year, about this time, the IRS calculates the cost of living increases, and determines whether the change is enough to trigger an adjustment to the statutory limit/threshold for various areas, including retirement...more

The 2015 Retirement Plan Limits are in

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. The elective deferral (contribution) limit...more

Inherited IRAs – The Golden Egg Loses Some of Its Sheen

The named beneficiary of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or Roth IRA inherits a golden egg —an asset with uniquely valuable characteristics. In June, however, the United States Supreme Court in Clark v. Rameker issued...more

Special Section 457(b) Catchup for Government Plans

A benefit of 457(b) plans is that participants have the opportunity to contribute the maximum deferral contribution to both the 457(b) plan and another qualified plan. Teachers, for example, often have access to both, a...more

IRS Gives QLACs the Green Light: Final Regulations Issued

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations (“Final Regulations”) that permit employers and IRA providers to offer “qualified longevity annuity contracts” or “QLACs” under defined...more

Employee Benefits: ERISA Fiduciary Guidance - Fairness for Defined Contribution Fees (6/14)

There has been a tremendous amount of focus on participant-assessed fees in 401(k) and 403(b) plans over the last couple of years. This has come about, in part, because of lawsuits and the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

ERISA Fiduciary Guidance - Making a "Watch List" Work

For most professionals who sit on 401(k) or 403(b) plan administrative or investment committees, there is a fair amount of routine. The committee probably adopted an investment policy that dates back to the time the plan’s...more

Lifetime Income: Participant Needs, Retiree Risks and Retirement Solutions

The aging of the baby boomers in a defined contribution plan world has revealed a weakness in many 401(k) and 403(b) plans: the plans offer no systematic process for providing lifetime income. (For 403(b) plans funded with...more

The Wild Wild West of non-ERISA 403(b) Plans

I always say that as bad as 401(k) plans may be, 403(b) plans are in much worse shape. It didn’t help that the Internal Revenue Service only issued regulations that governed them only 30 years too late, back in 2008. It also...more

IRS Expands Guidance on In-Plan Roth Conversions

Recent IRS guidance clarifies a number of outstanding questions regarding “in-plan conversions” of non-Roth balances to Roth balances in 401(k), 403(b) and governmental 457(b) plans. In particular, the guidance confirms that...more

IRS Provides New Guidance on In-Plan Roth Rollovers

On December 11, 2013, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2013-74 which provides guidance on in-plan Roth rollovers. An in-plan Roth rollover is a rollover within a Section 401(k), Section 403(b) or governmental Section 457(b) plan to...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Grants Review to Two Cases Challenging ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate - The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging...more

Final Regulations Issued on Safe Harbor Contribution Suspension

The Treasury Department has issued final regulations regarding the ability to suspend employer contributions to "safe harbor" 401(k) and 403(b) plans during a plan year. Employers that maintain safe harbor plans should...more

Update: One-Time Extension for Furnishing Annual Fee Disclosures to Participants

Earlier this month we reminded you that plan administrators of participant-directed ERISA defined contribution retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, profit sharing plans and money purchase plans) had to...more

DOL Provides Fee Disclosure Relief

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2013-02 on July 22, 2013, which provides plan administrators of individual account plans with participant-directed investments (such as 401(k) and...more

Important New Fee Disclosure Guidance

On July 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2013-02, which provides plan administrators of individual account plans with participant-directed investments (such as 401(k) and...more

DOL Extends Deadline For Providing Annual Comparative Chart Of Investment Alternatives In Participant-Directed Individual Account...

On July 22, 2013, the DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that provides the administrators of individual account retirement plans such as 40 (k) or 403(b) plans some additional flexibility regarding when they have to...more

Retirement Plans Get One Chance to Change Annual Participant Fee Disclosure Deadline

On July 22, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a one-time opportunity for administrators of participant-directed individual account plans such as 401(k) and ERISA-covered 403(b) plans to “re-set” their annual...more

DOL Delays Obligation of 401(k) and 403(b) Plans To Distribute Annual Investment Related Information

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday released Field Assistance Bulletin 2013-2 granting plan sponsors of participant-directed individual account plans (such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans) the ability to delay this year’s...more

Compliance Corner: Review of IRS 2013 Audit Priorities

Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is engaged in a variety of ongoing qualified plan compliance, education and audit projects, it is targeting certain types of retirement plans and activities in 2013....more

Modification of Roth In-Plan Conversion Rules Provides Participants Greater Flexibility

Tucked in the provisions of the year-end financial cliff legislation (the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012") was a provision which creates greater flexibility in the conversion of qualified plan dollars to tax-free...more

IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2013 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2013. Employers should make sure that the individuals in charge of their payroll...more

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