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Estate Planning Pitfall: Your IRA owns real estate

Most people invest their IRA funds in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. But others may opt for nontraditional investments, such as real estate, in the hope of boosting their returns. As this article details, when choosing to...more

Davidson v. Henkel — What’s Going On With Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and FICA

In This Presentation: - Davidson v. Henkel Corp. - The Parties - NQ Plan - The Plan’s Tax Clauses - Davidson’s Pre-Retirement Counseling - 2011 Compliance Review and Letter - Henkel’s Tax...more

Draft Appropriations Bill Seeks to De-Fund Various Regulatory Efforts

A draft House appropriations bill to fund various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, for Fiscal Year 2016 includes several provisions that would effectively halt a number of controversial regulatory efforts....more

Sometimes it’s just words

So much of any industry is dedicated to marketing, because marketing can help a company sell a product or service just based on how it’s marketed. Whoever sold the pet rock is still probably laughing all the way to the...more

Using Your IRA to Buy a Business: Still a Risky Strategy

I blogged in the past about decisions in which taxpayers have used assets in their IRA to finance a new business. This structure is sometimes known as a ROBS or rollover for business startups. In 2013, the tax court held that...more

IRS Provides Helpful Updates to Retirement Plan Correction Program

The IRS has issued Revenue Procedures 2015-27 and 2015-28 (“Rev. Proc. 2015-27” and “Rev. Proc. 2015-28”), which modify the IRS’ retirement plan correction programs known as the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System...more

DOL’s Proposed Rule On Fiduciaries

On April 14, 2015, the DOL issued a new proposed rule to expand the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA. This is the second time in recent years that the DOL has gone down this path. The first proposed rule (issued in 2010)...more

Never let a client get that angry

Retirement plan providers can never be arrogant when it comes to the gripes raised by their clients. If clients have an issue with your service, you can’t discount because anger festers and boils over into an irreversible...more

ERISA Fiduciary Duties for Plan Investments

Many employers offer 401(k) and other retirement plans for their employees as part of the cost of doing business. Too often, retirement plans are established and operated without much thought given to the numerous legal...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones

Bigger does not mean better, that’s what mom and pop stores say all the time. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. When it comes to 401(k) plans, most people would assume that larger 401(k) plans would have...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 61. The number of countries that have signed on to implement the OECD’s multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of tax information, in conjunction with the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...more

Avoid Other Providers Who Are The Sticks in The Wheels of Progress

I had a friend of mine in college who was involved in student politics like I was and he once proclaimed to the school newspaper that he was “the stick in the wheels of corruption.” 20 years later, I have used that line many...more

Missed Deferrals - New 401(k) Correction Procedures

The IRS has recently issued three new, less expensive safe harbor procedures for correcting missed elective deferrals. These new procedures require either no employer corrective contribution to make up the missed elective...more

Advisors Advantage - June 2015

In This Issue: - For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Making A Connection - DOL Comment Period Extended - Supreme Trouble with Tibbles - My Referrals Aren't For Sale And Neither Should...more

June and July 2015 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. To avoid such...more

Supreme Court Tightens Standards for Vesting of Retiree Medical Benefits

In January of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in M&G Polymers USA LLC v. Tackett, ruled against a group of retirees by vacating a Sixth Circuit decision holding that a collective bargaining agreement created a vested right...more

Starting a New Job? Consider These Tips When Signing Up for Employee Benefits

When you start a new job you may be offered a wide range of employee benefits, from retirement accounts to life insurance. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, the decisions you make when signing up for these...more

As a Retirement Plan Provider, Things You Should Let Go

A few years back, I would hear “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen every 5-7 minutes. It was a great song from a great movie, but it was a little unnerving to hear it 7-10 times on a short car trip. Then it stopped, my children...more

Analysis: The Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Sales of Insurance Products

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact of the Department of Labor (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and the prohibited transaction (PT) exemptions for sales of...more

FINRA CEO Criticizes DOL Fiduciary Proposal (Again)

Last week, Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), doubled-down on his recent criticism of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposed regulation addressing the standard...more

IRS Updates EPCRS Correction Methods and Procedures

Reflecting comments it requested, and others it received, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued two updates which modify the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), which is the comprehensive system...more

Fiduciary Risks Involved in Transferring Assets from a Seller’s 401(k) Plan to the Buyer’s Plan

In many transactions, particularly those where the buyer is a portfolio company of a private equity fund, the buyer agrees to cause its 401(k) plan to accept a transfer of assets from the seller’s 401(k) plan. The asset...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 4: The Impact on 401(k) Plan Consultants...

This post highlights the significant impact the proposed regulations may have on advisers to mid-sized and small 401(k) retirement plans if adopted. Previously, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series described the...more

Tibble and the Fiduciary Duty to Monitor (or The Only Foolish Question is the One You Didn't Ask)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in Tibble v. Edison International sounds a reminder that fiduciary responsibility includes the duty to monitor. Tibble involved a challenge by 401(k) plan participants to the...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - June 2015

In This Issue: - Plan Sponsors Should Avoid The Dark Side of the Retirement Plan Business - It Takes Only One Retirement Plan Participant To Sink An Employer - A Plan Sponsor's Foolproof Way To Getting In...more

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