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Compensation Issues – Revisited

We have completed another retirement plan audit season and have noticed a number of common errors occurring with compensation. I previously discussed these issues in my blog series “Compensation: The Missing Link – Part 1”...more

DOL’s New Audit Focus? Health Plan Claims and Appeals and Hard to Value Assets

In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions. While there are a number of different enforcement...more

Religious Institutions: August 2014

If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a moratorium on enforcing §501(c)(3) electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations, the IRS states that it has been lifted incident to the settlement and...more

Update on 401(k) Plan Errors

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently updated its informal guidance about 401(k) plan errors. The updated materials contain simple guidance that is helpful for both identifying and correcting mistakes and avoiding...more

The DOL script Plan Sponsors don’t want to hear

I have a client who had been undergoing a Department of Labor (DOL) audit. Their mistake? Years ago, a former participant asked for a distribution from this trustee directed profit sharing plan (so no 401(k)) and my client...more

No Country for Lousy Retirement Plans

In the movie, No Country for Old Men, the hit man Anton Chigurh (played by Javier Bardem) confronts Carson Wells (who was also trying to recover the same money Chigurh was after) in his hotel room. Before killing...more

A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Guide for Selecting Their Financial Advisor

When it comes to your role as a retirement plan sponsor, outside of hiring a TPA (third party administrator), the most important plan provider that you need to hire is a financial advisor. Unfortunately, like my favorite...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

The Smaller The 401(k) Plan, The Bigger The Problems

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

IRS Pressures Build: Budgetary Constraints, the Aging IRS Workforce and Changes in IRS Focus

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government. The budget calls for an increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), which has faced budget cuts in...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

New and Improved Retirement Plan Correction Program Includes Crucial 403(b) Relief

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

IRS Releases Updated Employee Plan Correction Procedures

On December 31, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2013-12, which contains long-awaited updates to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”), previously set forth in...more

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