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Employee Benefits Developments - September 2014

CASES - 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

IRS Issues Final Regulations On Longevity Annuities

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

Mitigating Longevity Risk in DC Plans

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

Supreme Court Holds Inherited IRAs Not Exempt from Bankruptcy Estate

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

When is a Retirement Account not a Retirement Account?

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

New Fiduciary Rule Delayed

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

Debtor’s Estate Set To Expand Or Contract Based On Supreme Court Ruling In Clark v. Rameker

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

FINRA Protects Seniors by Disciplining Inadequate Supervision of VA Sales

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

U.S. Department of Treasury Directed to Create "myRA"

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

Retirement Funds Rollovers: FINRA Ends 2013 By Identifying Its First 2014 Priority

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

Rollovers as Business Startups: A Guide to Using Retirement Funds to Start a Business

Over the past 10 years, thousands of entrepreneurs have used their existing retirement savings held by a qualified retirement plan or IRA to finance the startup or acquisition of a new business. According to industry experts...more

The Seven Ages of Retirement

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

Recent Tax Court Case Exposes Risks of Indirect Prohibited Transactions by IRAs

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

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

2012-2013 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits Published by DOL and Treasury

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

Retirement and Pensions Update - Janurary 2, 2013

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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