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Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced...more

Plan Administrators’ 2017 Year-End Checklist

by Williams Mullen on

Plan administrators should review the following actions to be taken before the end of 2017 and focus on what to expect for 2018. The attached checklist addresses plan amendments, notices and other considerations for qualified...more

Tax Reform’s Impact on Qualified Retirement Plans

House Republicans this week released much-anticipated legislation to reform individual and corporate income taxation. Titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the legislation proposes substantial revisions to the Internal Revenue...more

Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants?

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

Alert: IRS Announces Adjusted Plan Limits for 2018

by Cooley LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2018 limits that affect the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and certain other types of employee benefit plans, including deferred...more

IRS Announces Benefit Plan Limits and Thresholds for 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has announced various 2018 benefit plan limits and thresholds. There are increases from 2017 in some cases, but in other instances, the 2017 amounts will continue to apply....more

IRS Announces 2018 Pension and Related Limitations

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the dollar limitations for pension plans and other items beginning January 1, 2018. Some of the limits are listed below....more

The Pension Regulator: online materials for trustees of occupational pension schemes

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pensions Regulator (tPR) has issued a multitude of codes of practice, guidance notes and other documents to assist pension scheme trustees to understand and better perform their role. However, knowing what help is...more

2017 Ontario Budget: Highlights for Pension Plan Sponsors and Administrators

by Dentons on

Pension plan sponsors and administrators have much to anticipate with the release of the 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario (Budget) on April 27, 2017. The Budget provides updates to several pension reform...more

We Have A Mistake In Our Retirement Plan - What Do We Do?

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

Plan Sponsors often make mistakes, many of which are inadvertent, regarding employees’ defined benefits and contribution plans. Once the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) discovers these mistakes, it could audit the plan...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

IRS Releases Benefits and Contribution Limits for 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued its annual update regarding dollar limitations on contributions and benefits applicable to tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans for 2017. Please see full...more

Target Benefit Plans: A New Proposed Plan Design Option for Federally-Regulated Employers

by Dentons on

On October 19, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-27 which, if passed, will permit federally-regulated employers to establish single-employer and multi-employer target benefit plans. The bill proposes to amend...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base 2

by Ruder Ware on

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

Brexit: Impact on occupational pension schemes

by DLA Piper on

Following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, we consider the potential implications for employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes....more

Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Numerous colleges and universities sponsor retirement plans—both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC)—to provide retirement income security for their employees. But recently a number of higher education...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently issued detailed guidance on the new determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans. In 2015, the IRS announced that, due to budgetary constraints, the program...more

Brexit: The implications for occupational pension schemes

by DLA Piper on

The UK electorate voted to leave the European Union in a so-called Brexit referendum. The initial impact for occupational pension schemes has come from the resulting market volatility, and whilst there is no immediate impact...more

More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the...more

IRS Proposes Nondiscrimination Testing Relief for Closed Pension Plans

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In order for its participants to receive favorable tax treatment, a “qualified” retirement plan must satisfy various requirements, including ensuring that it benefits a nondiscriminatory cross-section of employees rather than...more

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

November and December 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

by King & Spalding on

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

Nonqualfied deferred compensation plan update

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In June 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released updated audit guidelines for nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Basically, audit guidelines are used by the IRS to communicate with the agents in the field who are...more

2016 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The IRS has issued the contribution and benefit limits in effect for 2016. Most of these limits remain the same as in 2015. The following chart details the compensation, contribution and benefit limits for 2016. All limits...more

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