The terms 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) are bandied about quite a bit when discussing retirement planning, but what are the actual differences between the two? The main distinction is that a 401(k) -- named...more
Post-Retirement Medical Benefits Under Siege. A recent spike in retiree benefit litigation is evidence of a growing interest among employers in strategies designed to contain, reduce, and eliminate the current...more
Effective July 2, 2014, newly issued Treasury Regulations define a new type of investment vehicle: the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract (QLAC). A QLAC is basically a deferred fixed income annuity purchased in an...more
With the goal of providing retirees with more options to manage their retirement income, the IRS issued final regulations on “qualified longevity annuity contracts” (QLACs). A QLAC is a type of deferred annuity that commences...more
401(k) participants face the risk of outliving retirement assets. However, earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued final regulations that make it easier for 401(k) plans, individual...more
The Bankruptcy Code permits an individual in bankruptcy to exempt from the bankrupt estate “retirement funds” in an individual retirement account (“IRA”) or certain other tax-advantaged vehicles. In a recent case, the U.S....more
Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account?
A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt.
That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more
The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that they were delaying the implementation of a new fiduciary rule for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts. They claim it will be released in 2015. How many years...more
Before the Supreme Court this term is the question of whether a beneficiary individual retirement account (an “Inherited IRA”) is exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(C) and (d)(12)2 of the...more
As baby boomers continue to age, securities regulators focus on protecting the growing population of seniors and retirees. For example, the regulators are seeking to ensure that broker-dealers’ systems and procedures for...more
New Retirement Savings Account Aimed at those Without Access to Such Plans Through Their Employer -
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department of the Treasury...more
It is the end of the year, and many people are thinking about the status of their retirement accounts and planning any changes to their investments. FINRA also has retirement accounts on the brain. It is thinking about the...more
Important decisions in planning retirement income and expenses can be made at seven ages, and the decisions made at those ages can have a substantial effect on the quality of retirement....more
Tax-qualified pension, savings and retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) are subject to complex prohibited transaction rules under § 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”...more
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
The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.
- On December 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its 2012 Semi-Annual...more
In This Update:
Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Provisions on Charitable Contributions and Roth Roll Overs; PBGC Testifies in Subcommittee Hearing on Multiemployer Plans; IRS Updates Retirement Plan Rules for Hurricane...more
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