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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

Changes to the Canada Pension Plan: a field guide for Ontario employers

by Dentons on

Are you an employer who is uncertain about what you should be doing to prepare for the changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)?  This guide will help you....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

What’s the best option for a pension plan payout?

Typically, estate planning and retirement planning go hand in hand. Why? The more wealth a person is able to set aside for retirement — and the better job he or she does managing retirement funds — the more that will be left...more

We Have A Mistake In Our Retirement Plan - What Do We Do?

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

Plan Sponsors often make mistakes, many of which are inadvertent, regarding employees’ defined benefits and contribution plans. Once the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) discovers these mistakes, it could audit the plan...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

Don’t blame the 401(k)

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve seen the articles that pop up about how 401(k) plans are somehow to blame for the lack of retirement savings or their replacement of defined benefit plans as the savings vehicle for private employers. I don’t like to...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In a decision that may have profound consequences for the funding and continued operation of defined benefit retirement plans covering employees at religiously affiliated organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to...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

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

2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

by Varnum LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2017 cost of living adjustments to various limits. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2017. Some of the adjusted amounts, however, apply to calendar...more

Treasury Makes it Easier for Pension Plans to Pay Partial Annuities

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Treasury has issued final regulations that simplify the rules that allow retiring participants to simultaneously elect a partial lump sum and a partial annuity from a defined benefit pension plan. Under the...more

Now You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: New Pension Distribution Rules Allow More Flexibility

by Snell & Wilmer on

If you are one of the lucky few employees who participate in an employer’s defined benefit retirement plan, you previously had to choose between receiving your benefits in a lump sum or in annuity payments. However, in the...more

Penalties Increased for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

by Varnum LLP on

Recently-enacted legislation has increased many penalty amounts for certain employee benefit plan violations. The new penalties – some of which are more than double previous amounts – were adjusted to catch up with inflation...more

Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Numerous colleges and universities sponsor retirement plans—both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC)—to provide retirement income security for their employees. But recently a number of higher education...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

Just Say Sorry

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked for someone once who I thought was the biggest pain in the rear end and I think when I got older and started my own business, I finally understood where he was coming from. When I work on my own and something...more

You can say no

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always believe that regardless of whether it’s business or in regular day-to-day life, that you can’t be everything for everybody. Being honest with that is only half the battle. A lot of times, I met folks who are...more

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