403(b) Plans

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Is Your 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan Amendment Really Safe?

Finally, the IRS has made it clear that a 401(k) safe harbor plan may be amended during a plan year, with certain restrictions, and not lose its safe harbor status, in IRS Notice 2016-16 (the "Notice")....more

Advisors Advantage - March 2016

What A Retirement Plan Financial Advisor Needs And Where To Get It. Stuff you need and where you can find it. A checklist is an informational aid that is used to reduce failure by compensating for the lack of...more

Employee Benefits: IRS Issues Helpful Guidance Regarding Mid-Year Amendments To Safe Harbor Plans (2/16)

In Notice 2016-16, the Internal Revenue Service issued helpful guidance to employers that sponsor so-called safe harbor 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The guidance significantly expands the types of amendments that may be made to a...more

IRS Updates Guidance on Certain Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2016-16 (the Notice) to provide updated guidance as to when midyear changes to a safe harbor 401(k) plan or 403(b) plan will not violate applicable regulations....more

The Problems with 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 Significantly Liberalizes Permitted Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

On January 29, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-16 that provides guidance on mid-year changes to a safe harbor plan under sections 401(k) and 401(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The guidance provides that a mid-year change...more

Reduce Fiduciary Risk With An Effective Investment Policy

Human resource officers and managers are often asked to chair or sit on a retirement plan committee responsible for administrative tasks. In this role, a committee member takes on fiduciary responsibilities to plan...more

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

2016 Cost of Living Increases are Rare

On October 21, 2015, in Information Release 2015-118, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations under the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for pension plans and other related items for the...more

IRS Reduces Cost to Fix Some Missed Deferral Errors

The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidelines that should be advantageous for employers that sponsor 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The new rules reduce and, in some cases, completely eliminate the windfall in favor of...more

More and Less Expensive Options for Retirement Plan Corrections: New IRS Guidance on EPCRS

In This Issue: - Rev. Proc. 2015-27 - Rev. Proc. 2015-28 - For More Information - Excerpt from Rev. Proc. 2015-27: Rev. Proc. 2015-27 may be used beginning March 27, 2015 and is effective July 1,...more

Effect of a Check Notation: Void After 90 Days

On April 2, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-28, which provides new safe harbor correction methods for errors relating to automatic contribution features, including automatic enrollment and automatic escalation of...more

New Correction Options for 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On April 2, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-28, which provides new safe harbor correction methods for errors relating to automatic contribution features, including automatic enrollment and automatic escalation of...more

SEC Issues Rule 482 No-Action Relief to Non-ERISA 403(b), 457 Plans

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter extending relief to certain investment-related information provided to participants in non-ERISA 403(b), 457(b), and other qualified participant-directed...more

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

Legal Alert: IRS Reaches a Split Decision on Rollover Allocation Rules

On September 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-54, which clarifies that, subject to some limitations, a single distribution of pre-tax and after-tax amounts from a qualified retirement plan, a 403(b)...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

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