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IRS Issues Guidance on Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Under Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-19 providing guidance on the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”) to tax-qualified retirement plans (such...more

Is There An Elephant In The Room?

401(k) Plan documents can read like Russian novels. They are often long and difficult to understand, so it’s no surprise that administrative errors in operating such plans happen frequently. Common errors include omitting or...more

The Law Firm Review - January 2014

Future Threats That a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of. What might be good today, may not be good tomorrow. What was good yesterday might not be a good today. Asbestos was a great fireproof building...more

New Opportunities For In-Plan Roth Rollovers

In furtherance of Section 902 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2013-74 updating prior IRS guidance regarding so-called “in-plan” Roth conversions...more

IRS Provides New Guidance on In-Plan Roth Rollovers

On December 11, 2013, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2013-74 which provides guidance on in-plan Roth rollovers. An in-plan Roth rollover is a rollover within a Section 401(k), Section 403(b) or governmental Section 457(b) plan to...more

IRS Issues In-Plan Roth Rollover Guidance

The Internal Revenue Service has issued long-awaited guidance regarding the ability for participants in section 401(k), 403(b), and governmental 457(b) plans to convert balances from pre-tax and after-tax sources into Roth...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Grants Review to Two Cases Challenging ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate - The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Suspending or Reducing Safe Harbor 401(k) Contributions

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued final regulations providing guidance on permitted midyear reductions or suspensions of safe harbor nonelective and safe harbor matching...more

Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans: Amendments and Other Year-End Action Items - 11/21/2013

Plan sponsors should consider whether they need to make certain plan amendments or provide certain plan notices prior to the end of the year. The end of the year marks the deadline by which sponsors of qualified...more

IRS Proposes New Rules on Indian Fishing Rights Income for Retirement Plans

On November 15, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) along with proposed regulations regarding the treatment of certain income derived from Indian fishing rights-related...more

IRS Permits Mid-Year Changes to 401(k) Safe Harbor Contributions

On November 14, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations that permit mid-year reductions or suspensions of safe harbor nonelective contributions, and that modify the rules permitting mid-year reductions or...more

2014 COLAs For Employee Benefit Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2014 cost of living adjustments to various limits on employee benefit plans. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2014. ...more

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans for 2014. Although many dollar limits currently in...more

IRS Clarifies Some Same-Sex Marriage Issues, But Leaves Retroactive Employee Plan Relief Open

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage as between a man and a woman, employee benefit plan sponsors have been seeking guidance on how to...more

Plan Sponsors of 401(k) Plans/Pension Plans: Must Recognize Same Sex Married Couples Effective September 16, 2013

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

Next Stop: IRS Compliance Checks Of Non-Governmental 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

Recently the Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) of the Internal Revenue Service completed an informal compliance check of 401(k) plans conducted via an extensive written questionnaire sent to plan sponsors. ...more

Compliance Corner: Review of IRS 2013 Audit Priorities

Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is engaged in a variety of ongoing qualified plan compliance, education and audit projects, it is targeting certain types of retirement plans and activities in 2013....more

It Takes Only One Participant To Sink A Retirement Plan Sponsor

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

Amendment of Public Company ESOPs may be Required

Many public companies allow their employees to invest a portion of their retirement plan balances in company stock. By making a company stock fund an available investment in a 401(k) plan, employees may share the potential...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Expanded Roth Conversions and Other Benefit and Retirement Related Provisions

On January 2 , 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) (the “Relief Act”) into law. While the principal intention of the Relief Act was to avert the key elements of the “fiscal cliff” by...more

IRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2013 Applicable to Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2013. Employers should make sure that the individuals in charge of their payroll...more

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Expands In-Plan Roth Conversions for Qualified Plans

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), more commonly known as the fiscal cliff legislation. Among other things, the Act amended the tax code to remove some of...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

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Provides New In-Plan Roth Conversion Opportunity

The newly enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8) includes a significant new opportunity to perform “in-plan” conversions of pretax dollars to Roth (after-tax) dollars of funds held in defined contribution retirement...more

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