Qualified Benefit Plans

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Department Of Labor And AICPA Comment On Deficient Employee Benefit Plan Audits

At a recent American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (”AICPA”) conference, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration reportedly commented that the ERISA...more

Qualified Plan Distributions: IRS Issues Guidance on Allocation of After-Tax and Pretax Amounts

Lack of clarity causes frustration. The topic of how to properly allocate the pretax and after-tax amounts attributable to distributions from qualified plan accounts that include Roth 401(a) accounts or after-tax accounts has...more

Are You Sure It’s ERISA?

Imagine you are faced with a claim based on an alleged disabling condition that prevents an individual from working. You have a document from the employer that describes short-term disability benefits that the individual may...more

Financial Service Company’s Nonqualified Plan Found to be an ERISA Pension Plan

In Tolbert v. RBC Capital Markets (July 14, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a deferred incentive compensation plan maintained by a financial services company for certain employees was an...more

New IRS Guidance Establishes When Retirement Plans Must Be Amended To Provide Retirement Benefit Rights To Same-Sex Spouses

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor on June 26, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) stated that qualified retirement plans (e.g., profit-sharing, 401(k), pension plans, etc.) must...more

April and May 2014 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

A Must Read: FINRA’s 2014 Exam Priorities

FINRA did not wait for any dust (or snow) to settle on the New Year before alerting the brokerage industry and the public about its regulatory and examination priorities for 2014. This year’s letter, issued earlier than ever...more

The New, New (EPCRS Voluntary Correction) Thing: 457(b) Plans

The IRS’s Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (or “EPCRS”) permits corrections, both voluntary and on audit, of a broad range of “qualification failures” — i.e., violations of sometimes arcane and complex tax rules —...more

Offering Self Directed Brokerage Accounts in a 401(k) Plan is a Bad Bet

I love Las Vegas and I hate to gamble, which explains why I haven’t been to Atlantic City since 1995. I love the sights, sounds, the entertainment, the food, and everything but gambling. I hate gambling because I don’t like...more

September and October Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

Current Fiduciary & ERISA Issues in Qualified Plans

Topics we will cover: • Introduction • Issues with Control Groups • Issues with Prohibited Transactions • Fee Disclosure - Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group? • Aggregation Rules (Section...more

Update - 2013 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

Finalized ACA Regulations on Transitional Reinsurance Program Premiums and Potential Effects for Employer-Sponsored Group Health...

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released final regulations regarding the transitional reinsurance program fee effective in CY 2014. ...more

Target Date Retirement Funds – Tips For Plan Fiduciaries

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

California Doubling Of 20% Federal Tax Increase Under IRC Section 409A

Originally published in State Bar of California Taxation Section 2013 Sacramento Delegation in February 0f 2013. Executive Summary - Under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (“Section 409A”), all amounts deferred...more

Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

IRS Releases Revised Retirement Plan Correction Program Including Important New Guidance For 403(b) Plans

On December 31, 2012, as Times Square in New York was getting ready to drop the crystal ball, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dropped long-awaited guidance regarding retirement plan corrections in the form of Revenue...more

2013 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

IRS (Finally) Releases Updated Voluntary Correction Procedures, Including 403(b) Corrections

On December 31, 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2013-12 which replaces existing Revenue Procedure 2008-50, the procedure for voluntary correction of qualified retirement plan errors. The...more

Union Friendly - Using Collectively Bargained Pension Plans to Maximize Pension Contributions for Closely Held Business Owners

Overview - In the “old days” business owners and employees were able to have good pension plans that did not depend upon the fate of the stock market, i.e. defined benefit plans. We have all heard the stories of New...more

A Pension for this Life (and the Next!) -- A Strategy for Maximizing Income Tax Deferral and Estate Tax Elimination for Qualified...

Overview - The Bush tax cuts are due to expire at the end of 2012- tomorrow. The top marginal income tax rate is scheduled to increase to 39.6 percent. Additionally taxpayers will face an additional tax of 3.8 percent on...more

Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

Essential Health Benefits Proposed Rule: Additional Detail with Few Surprises

The essential health benefits proposed rule, issued on November 20, 2012, defines the so-called Essential Health Benefits Package, composed of essential health benefits, cost-sharing limitations and actuarial value...more

The Super Roth IRA[1] - For Regular Guys (and Gals) - Part 2

Overview - In Part I of this series, I introduced the Super Roth IRA an alternative to the Roth IRA and traditional IRA. The Super Roth IRA uses the tax-advantages of permanent life insurance and is a more flexible...more

The Super Roth IRA[1] - Part 1

The Roth IRA is the better-looking (and smarter!) cousin of the traditional IRA. The Roth IRA came into existence in 1997 as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act. The provision was named for Senator William Roth of...more

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