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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives released its tax reform bill titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”). On November 6, 2017, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the...more

Brady’s Bunch - Are Big Changes Coming for Employers Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

Having missed a historic opportunity to choose an exciting name for federal tax legislation, Texas Representative Kevin Brady and his fellow Republican tax drafters did not skimp on the substance of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act...more

No Standing!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This is the most recent article in our series which focuses on the impact on employers of the downward spiral and death knell of the multi-employer defined benefit plan. The Eleventh Circuit has dealt another blow to...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

IRS Announces 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance. The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans are noted below....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

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2018

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The Notice providing the cost-of-living...more

IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limits For 2018

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced retirement contribution limits for 2018 adjusted for cost-of-living considerations. Below is a chart of the 2018 calendar year limits, together with those from 2017....more

IRS Announces 2018 Retirement Plan Limitations - Certain Limits are Increased

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security Administration announced its own cost-of-living...more

IRS Issues 2018 COLAs

by FordHarrison on

In Notice 2017-64, the Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) being made to various limitations applicable to retirement plans for 2018. Some of those limitations have increased, and...more

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2018

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The Notice providing the cost-of-living...more

IRS Publishes Pension Plan Limitations for 2018

by Littler on

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2018 tax year. The list below details...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

An Overview of Legal, Regulatory and Plan Design Considerations for States

by K&L Gates LLP on

Americans are facing a retirement crisis. The foundation for building a secure retirement — Social Security, employer-provided pensions, and personal savings — has been weakened because most private sector companies no longer...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

Authorisation of master trusts - Problems ahead for non-associated multi-employer (NAME) schemes?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pensions Schemes Act 2017 was passed on 27 April 2017 and, as expected, makes provision for the authorisation of master trusts. Many details of the new requirements and procedures will be set out in regulations. The...more

SCOTUS Church Plan Ruling Ends the Battle But Not the War: What Church-Affiliated Church Plan Sponsors Need to Know and Do Now

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by certain church-affiliated organizations do not have to be established by a church to be considered a “church plan,” which is exempt...more

New Cash Balance Retirement Plan Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 7, 2017, the IRS issued a memorandum relating to cash balance retirement plans. A cash balance plan is a defined benefit pension plan which looks like a defined contribution plan because participants have individual...more

Changes to the Canada Pension Plan: a field guide for Ontario employers

by Dentons on

Are you an employer who is uncertain about what you should be doing to prepare for the changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)?  This guide will help you....more

DOL Continues Investigating Defined Benefit Plans Regarding Procedures for Locating Participants and Paying Benefits at Mandatory...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicized last year its stepped up enforcement efforts inquiring about procedures used by larger defined benefit plans for locating, and then beginning payment of benefits to, terminated...more

Don’t blame the 401(k)

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve seen the articles that pop up about how 401(k) plans are somehow to blame for the lack of retirement savings or their replacement of defined benefit plans as the savings vehicle for private employers. I don’t like to...more

Authorisation of master trusts: problems ahead for non-associated multi-employer (NAME) schemes?

by Hogan Lovells on

New legislation will cause master trusts to be subject to a detailed authorisation process and ongoing scrutiny by the Pensions Regulator. As currently drafted, the new provisions will catch non-associated multiemployer...more

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