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IRS Will Now Permit DC Plan Hardship Withdrawal Self-Certification Summaries

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two recently published memoranda by the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) indicate that it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their third party administrators (TPAs) to rely on participants’ written...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

IRS Issues a Memorandum on Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a Memorandum to IRS agents. The Memorandum identified the steps agents should take, in examining a 401(k) plan, to confirm that a hardship withdrawal is...more

New IRS Memorandum Is a Hardship Act to Follow

In an internal memorandum to its examination agents dated February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance regarding the types of documentation that agents should request in verifying hardship withdrawals...more

IRS Allows 401k Plan Safe Harbor and ADP ACP Corrective Contributions to be Funded from Forfeitures

We are pleased to bring you some good news for 401(k) plans from the IRS. The IRS just issued a proposed regulation that allows safe harbor contributions to a 401(k) plan, or employer contributions used to correct a...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Fall 2016

by Epstein Becker & Green on

A Publication from Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee - Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) are pleased to release the current issue of the Benefits Litigation Update...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Qualified Retirement Plans (Part 3)

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

ERISA Basics National Institute: Section 401(k) Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A 401(k) plan has a qualified cash or deferred arrangement that is part of a profit sharing plan or stock bonus plan. Under the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(k)(2), an employee may elect to make contributions to the plan,...more

Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants? If So, You May Need to Do So by December 1, 2016*

by Alston & Bird on

Plan sponsors of defined contribution qualified plans may need to issue one or more annual notices to participants before the end of each plan year. Failure to issue a required annual notice can have significant consequences....more

States get DOL approval for IRAs, but what about MEPs?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule providing states with a safe harbor under which they can create programs that require employers to establish payroll-deduction IRAs for employees. I would say that’s a...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Previously, many advisors had been concerned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on safe harbor plan designs covering 401(k) and 403(b) plans may have severely limited the abilities of plan sponsors to adopt...more

IRS Expands Ability of Safe Harbor Plan Sponsors to Make Mid-Year Changes

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2016-16, which provides safe harbor 401(k) plan sponsors with increased flexibility to make mid-year plan changes. Notice 2016-16 sets forth new rules for when and...more

Is Your 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan Amendment Really Safe?

by King & Spalding on

Finally, the IRS has made it clear that a 401(k) safe harbor plan may be amended during a plan year, with certain restrictions, and not lose its safe harbor status, in IRS Notice 2016-16 (the "Notice")....more

New Guidance From IRS Provides Mid-Year Changes To Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

Prior to the Internal Revenue Services' (IRS) recent issuance of Notice 2016-16 (the Notice), employers that sponsored safe harbor 401(k) retirement plans were uncertain about whether any mid-year changes to their plans would...more

At Last . . . My Safe Harbor Guidance Has Come Along

At last . . . the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally provides mid-year safe harbor guidance. Etta James’s legendary cover of that song is fitting considering the many years that employers have waited to receive this...more

Good News from the IRS on 401(K) Safe Harbor Plans

Safe harbor 401(k) plans are attractive because they are not required to perform annual nondiscrimination testing. In the past, one of the biggest reasons not to offer a safe harbor 401k) plan was the prohibition on changing...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2016

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Complete And Total Worthlessness Of The 401(k) Fiduciary Warranty - I am a firm believer in the idea that what you see is what you should get. If you’re promised the moon, anything short of it is wrong. Some of the...more

IRS Announces that Mid-Year Amendments to Safe Harbor Plans Generally Are Allowed

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In January 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-16, announcing the general permissibility of mid-year amendments to “safe harbor” 401(k) plans. Safe harbor plans covered by the Notice include those using a traditional safe...more

The IRS Significantly Increased the Availability of Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

by Snell & Wilmer on

Mid-year changes to safe harbor 401(k) plans have long been thought to be available in only very limited circumstances.  However, the IRS recently released guidance in Notice 2016-16 that significantly increases the scope of...more

IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes, Further Encouraging Safe Harbor Plans

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The IRS has issued new guidance giving sponsors of Safe Harbor 401(k) plans much greater flexibility to amend their plans during a plan year. This is welcome relief from the previous IRS position that had hobbled such plans....more

Employee Benefits: IRS Issues Helpful Guidance Regarding Mid-Year Amendments To Safe Harbor Plans (2/16)

In Notice 2016-16, the Internal Revenue Service issued helpful guidance to employers that sponsor so-called safe harbor 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The guidance significantly expands the types of amendments that may be made to a...more

Most Midyear Safe Harbor Plan Amendments Now Allowed

Many employers offering a retirement plan utilize a safe harbor 401(k) plan for the convenience and level of security afforded to the employer by its use. However, until recently, the IRS has not expressly permitted...more

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