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Extension of DOL Fiduciary Rule is Official and some Guidelines for Documenting Rollovers

by Liskow & Lewis on

he Department of Labor officially announced the 18-month extension of the effective date of the key, and most onerous provisions, of the DOL Fiduciary Rule (until July 1, 2019). The announcement was made on November 29, 2017....more

Simple IRA Retirement-saving Solution

by Ruder Ware on

Originally published on Badger Common'Tater - November 2017 Workplace retirement programs play an important role in attracting and retaining employees, helping workers (and owners!) save, and provide significant tax...more

DOL Finalizes 18-Month Extension of Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

The Department of Labor (DOL) finalized the Fiduciary Rule’s transition period extension from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, as it had previously announced in August. The DOL reported that it has not yet completed the...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

IRS announces 2018 retirement plan limits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As 2017 nears its end, we already have the retirement plan limits set for 2008 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For 401(k) plans, the 2018 limit for salary deferrals contributions is $18,500, up $500 from 2017’s...more

Top Five Takeaways from Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investment Conference and a Tax List

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 October, Hogan Lovells hosted its inaugural Sovereign Investor Conference where investment professionals as well as deal and regulatory lawyers discussed the key issues facing government-sponsored investors. Topics they...more

Tax Reform Contemplates Changes to Employee Benefits

The House Committee on Ways and Means publicly released a working draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for the first time on Thursday. In the weeks leading up to the release of the draft, speculation has swirled as to whether...more

The Waiting Game

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Trump administration and Congress have begun consideration of “tax reform” or, as many pundits have declared, “tax cuts”. Now, the “waiting game” begins to see just what form this consideration of revisions to the...more

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base - Updated for New Taxable Wage Base

by Ruder Ware on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. A few of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased....more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Leveraging – A Hidden Advantage Of Roth 401(k) Accounts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There have been numerous articles published about the advantages of Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k) accounts. While no tax deduction is available for contributions to Roths, in general, distributions of both principal and earnings...more

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule – Three Issues for Retirement Plan Sponsors

by K&L Gates LLP on

The DOL’s fiduciary rule re-defines when a party is acting as a “fiduciary” under ERISA as a result of providing investment advice to a retirement plan and has the effect of greatly expanding the types of services that are...more

DOL May Delay Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

by Liskow & Lewis on

The Department of Labor in a brief filed in a Minnesota lawsuit on August 9, 2017 revealed that DOL had submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposal to delay the implementation of remaining parts of the DOL...more

DOL Extends Fiduciary Rule Transition Period, Issues FAQs on Fee Disclosures

Transition Period Extension - In an August 9th court filing, the DOL announced it will extend the transition period for three prohibited transaction exemptions relating to the fiduciary investment advice rule (the...more

Health Saving Accounts: An Underutilized Opportunity in a Time of Uncertain Healthcare Changes

by Dickinson Wright on

Regardless of whether there will be revisions to, repeal of, or no changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, patients will most likely continue to have a larger financial responsibility for their medical care. ...more

Spotlight on Alabama: New Law Extends Creditor Protections for Certain Retirement Account Assets in Alabama

by Baker Donelson on

On May 18, Governor Kay Ivey signed Act 2017-317 (the "Act") into law. The Act amends the provisions of the Alabama Uniform Trust Code, which provide creditor protection for various types of tax-preferred retirement accounts...more

The Real Reasons You Should Use Roth 401(k) or a Roth IRA

by Alston & Bird on

Roth 401(k) can be a powerful option for your employees to save for retirement, but not for the reasons that are most often cited. This article explains why your 401(k) plan should have a Roth option, and why some of your...more

Know when a SEP no longer fits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Those small employer plans like a SEP or a SIMPLE-IRA are great opportunities for small businesses to save for retirement because of the no administration costs. However, like clothing for kids, there will be a time when...more

The problem with Morgan Stanley’s payment decision

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As you probably heard, Morgan Stanley will be moving to a level compensation approach for its 401(k) advisors. So this means it will do away with commission payments and finder’s fees (for recommending record-keeping...more

DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay of Fiduciary Rule in Response to White House Directive

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The future of the fiduciary rule—originally set to be implemented this upcoming April—remains uncertain after the White House directed the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to reevaluate, defer implementation and...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

by Varnum LLP on

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the...more

"Change in Administration Presents Opportunity to Revisit DOL Fiduciary Rule"

In 2016, regulatory developments introduced fundamental changes in the legal standards that govern the relationship of broker-dealers with their customers. Although the changes are not applicable until April 10, 2017, most in...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

by Jackson Walker on

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

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