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Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

New Cash Balance Retirement Plan Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 7, 2017, the IRS issued a memorandum relating to cash balance retirement plans. A cash balance plan is a defined benefit pension plan which looks like a defined contribution plan because participants have individual...more

IRS takes a look at Cash Balance Formulas for Funny Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Throughout my career as an ERISA attorney, I’ve come across actuarial third party recordkeeping firms that push the envelope in cash balance and defined benefit plan designs. I can’t forget the actuaries who still push for...more

DOL Continues Investigating Defined Benefit Plans Regarding Procedures for Locating Participants and Paying Benefits at Mandatory...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicized last year its stepped up enforcement efforts inquiring about procedures used by larger defined benefit plans for locating, and then beginning payment of benefits to, terminated...more

Proposed Regulations Update Mortality Tables, Minimum Present Value Requirements for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Near the end of 2016, the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service published two significant sets of proposed regulations on issues pertaining to defined benefit pension plans, including mortality table...more

Important Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has modified procedures governing favorable determination letters for individually designed qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit, and cash balance...more

IRS Releases Benefits and Contribution Limits for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued its annual update regarding dollar limitations on contributions and benefits applicable to tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans for 2017. Please see full...more

Alert: IRS Announces Adjusted Plan Limits for 2017

by Cooley LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2017 limits that affect the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and certain other types of employee benefit plans, including deferred...more

IRS Announces 2017 Retirement Plan Dollar Limits

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2017 in Notice 2016-62. The key dollar limits, along with last year’s limits, are noted below....more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

IRS Announces 2017 Pension and Related Limitations

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the dollar limitations for pension plans and other items beginning January 1, 2017. ...more

IRS Announces 2017 Retirement Plan Limitations – Most Limits Remain Unchanged

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2017 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security Administration announced its own cost-of-living...more

IRS Announces 2017 Qualified Plan Limits; Pumpkin Spice Inexplicably Lacking

by Ruder Ware on

Late each October, the IRS gets around to announcing the cost of living adjustments for qualified plans for the upcoming year. This year was no exception, and here they are [Plan Limits]. Unlike last year, 2017 brings some...more

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base 2

by Ruder Ware on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Some of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased....more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2017

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2017 On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2017 cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement...more

IRS issues new rules for 'closed' defined benefit plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

At the end of January, the Internal Revenue Service issued new proposed regulations for so-called “closed” or “frozen” defined benefit plans. The purpose of these regulations is to help plan sponsors satisfy the...more

Individually Designed Retirement Plans and the New IRS Determination Letter Program

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

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

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

IRS Issues Clarification on Phased Retirement Payments

by Bryan Cave on

Typically, when a participant receives annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan where he or she has a basis in the benefit (what Code Section 72 calls an “investment in the contract”), a portion of the payment is...more

Don’t be Phased by Annuity Treatment: Taxation of Distributions During Phased Retirement

On June 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-39 in response to inquiries regarding the appropriate tax treatment under section 72 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for payments received by an...more

More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the...more

April 30 Deadline for Pre-approved Defined Contribution Plans

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

This is a follow-up on the IRS’ recent reminder to plan sponsors using pre-approved defined contribution plans (i.e., prototype and volume submitter plans) that they must adopt restated plan documents by the end of this...more

Courts Strike Down Church Plan Exemptions for Church-Affiliated Organizations

Until recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and federal courts seemed to agree that a retirement plan established and maintained by a church-affiliated organization generally qualified...more

Do You Know Where Your Participants Are?

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has recently implemented an initiative to investigate the manner in which defined benefit plans of large employers comply with the required minimum distribution rules set forth in Section...more

IRS Proposes Nondiscrimination Testing Relief for Closed Pension Plans

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In order for its participants to receive favorable tax treatment, a “qualified” retirement plan must satisfy various requirements, including ensuring that it benefits a nondiscriminatory cross-section of employees rather than...more

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