When my wife and I bought our house, there were quite a few things that the previous owner forgot to tell us such as the fact they never bothered to pull the pipes from the dental office run by a previous owner 20 years...more
Why a Plan Review Shouldn't Be Treated Like a Trip to the Dentist.
Why it should and needs to be less painful than a trip to the dentist.
When it comes to their health, people dread going to the dentist. I dread...more
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
One of my favorite movies of all time is Casino, directed by Martin Scorcese. It doesn’t get as much love because it is often compared to GoodFellas, which was another mob movie that was directed by Scorsese, and also...more
The IRS announced the Year 2014 cost-of-living adjustments for various provisions affecting employee benefit plans. The following table shows certain Year 2014 limits and those from prior years. ...more
When I was a kid, I had an Intellivision. For those people born after 1980, Intelliivision was video game console that had better graphics than an Atari 2600 but people didn’t buy. One of my favorite games on Intellivision...more
My great uncle was in the meat provisions business for over 40 years. When Uncle Jack told us which hot dogs we should eat, we trusted his opinion because he knew how hot dogs were made (the company he worked for made...more
Unless they are involved in the retirement plan industry a plan sponsor must delegate much of their duties to retirement plan providers that may include third party administrators (TPAs), financial advisors, and ERISA...more
The focus of U.S. litigation challenging plan investments has been 401(k) plans, but that may be changing. Defined benefit plan sponsors may have felt that they were immune to these types of claims because the funding rules...more
Thalidomide was supposed to be the wonder drug that helped women manage morning sickness until they discovered it caused birth defects. Asbestos was supposed to be the ultimate fire resistant material that was later found out...more
On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that for federal tax purposes, spouse includes an individual who is legally married to a same-sex individual under state law. This Revenue Ruling 2013-17 has a...more
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance that gives administrators of defined contribution plans a one-time opportunity to reset their deadline for providing participants with the plan’s required...more
Over the past 30 years, a dramatic change has taken place in the use of retirement plans to help people save for their later years....more
401(k) plans are a world of contradictions. It’s one of the few employer provided benefits that an employee usually pays for through their account balance. It’s a retirement plan that an employer offers that the employee has...more
I am a fan of the original Highlander movie with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The subsequent sequels and television series make the cannon of the series nonsensical, but I do love the original. Maybe it’s because of...more
Does your 401(k) plan pay higher than average fees? Do you have more than one qualified plan?
A number of recent reports indicate why you may receive special scrutiny if your plan is selected for audit or...more
Congressional hearings on the status of the Social Security system and studies on workers’ retirement readiness have sparked interest in lifetime income solutions from defined contribution plans. ...more
Years ago B.K. (before kids), I took weekly golf lessons. While it never showed on the golf course, I was developing a nice game. I took lessons with a curmudgeon golf pro named Kenny and the lessons were at a golf store....more
George Carlin said that all you need in life is a place for your stuff. Carlin said that all a house really is; is a place for your stuff. When it comes to being a retirement plan sponsor, retirement plan sponsors need a...more
From time to time, we hear about threats to the Social Security System – even talk about eliminating it for younger workers. Some reports indicate that about half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings, while other...more
Would you leave money on the table for the government to take instead? Would you not maximize your retirement savings because your accountant or third party administrator (TPA) told you that you had to give the same amounts...more
Many plan sponsors have selected so-called “target date” funds as the default investment under the plan sponsor’s 401(k) or other qualified plan. A target date fund is one that includes investments in different asset classes...more
American Taxpayer Relief Act extends the existing, limited in-plan Roth conversion option to all amounts under plans that allow elective deferrals, including those amounts not yet eligible for distribution.
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 and excise taxes. To...more