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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

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

Just tell them straight

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the big parts of my practice is assisting third party administrators (TPAs) who cant or don’t want afford an ERISA attorney on staff....more

The flexibility of stretch IRAs: Learn how your IRA can benefit your spouse and other beneficiaries

IRAs are meant to be used for retirement saving. However, if a person doesn’t need to tap into an IRA for income during retirement, he or she can preserve the assets as part of his or her estate, above and beyond what was...more

Part II: Naming an Accumulation Trust as the Beneficiary of an IRA

by Genova Burns LLC on

Last month we discussed the benefits of naming a Conduit Trust as the beneficiary of an IRA. A Conduit Trust allows the IRA to remain tax deferred thereby stretching the Required Minimum Distributions over the lifetime of...more

Consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income and you're retiring...

by Dickinson Wright on

Are you age 70 1/2 or older and thinking about retiring in December or January? You may want to consider the effect that required minimum distributions from your 401(k) Plan will have on your taxable income. As a...more

The Tax Advantages of Naming a Conduit Trust as the Beneficiary of an IRA

by Genova Burns LLC on

IRA’s can represent a large portion of an individual’s retirement assets. For this reason, care should be taken to ensure these assets receive the best tax treatment and are protected from creditors such as divorcing spouses....more

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2017 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update: What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following permanent:...more

Impact Investing and Private Foundations

by Bryan Cave on

Bryan Cave recently organized a half-day symposium examining the opportunities and legal considerations related to responsible and impact investing strategies. The Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium, held on November...more

Arrange your RMDs before year end

Per IRS rules, people must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their retirement plans and IRAs beginning April 1 of the year after the year in which they turn age 70½. And they must continue taking RMDs...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2016

Gift giving made easy - Annual exclusion reduces your taxable estate - How can you reduce the size of your taxable estate? There are many ways to accomplish this objective, including the use of irrevocable trusts...more

Pennsylvania Amends IRA Provisions of Unclaimed Property Law and Adds Due Diligence Requirements

by Alston & Bird on

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed HB 1605 on July 13, 2016, and it was approved by Governor Tom Wolf on the same day. Contained within this omnibus finance bill are two sections that significantly amend Pennsylvania’s...more

Required Minimum Distributions: Is Deferral Always the Best?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Most people are familiar with the significant income tax benefits of contributing to a qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k) plan, or individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and the deferral of the income earned by the...more

Program Related Investments: Final Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Final Regulations Highlight the Broad Range of Available PRI Purposes, Recipients and Financial Structures - Final program related investment (PRI) regulations released and effective on April 25, 2016 illustrate the...more

Treasury Releases Final Program-Related Investment Regulations – Installment # 1

by Bryan Cave on

Treasury has released Final Regulations under Section 4944 of the Code providing additional guidance regarding program related investments (“PRIs”). Technically, a PRI is an investment by a private foundation (1) the primary...more

Do You Know Where Your Participants Are?

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has recently implemented an initiative to investigate the manner in which defined benefit plans of large employers comply with the required minimum distribution rules set forth in Section...more

Congress Forges PATH in Tax Laws for Business, Individuals

by Lewitt Hackman on

Congress has avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to a new budget in its Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the adopted legislation [cynically named the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH)], includes some...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Made Permanent

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act." Section Q of the Act amends the tax code in several ways in...more

Personal Planning Strategies - December 2015

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2016 Estate, Gift and GST Tax Update - What This Means for Your Current Will, Revocable Trust and Estate Plan - As we previously reported, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") made the following...more

Tax Planning Before Turning 70: What You Should Know About RMDs

by Lewitt Hackman on

Tax payers aged 70 ½ or older this year must take a Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD, from their traditional IRAs (Individual Retirement Arrangements), SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRAs, SIMPLE (Savings Incentive...more

No RMDs to Charity for IRAs in 2015 (yet)

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

As the end of the year approaches, individuals over the age of 70½ are considering their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Some of those individuals are asking about the Qualified...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

IRS to Prohibit Lump-Sum Cashout Windows for Pension Plan Retirees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As described in a prior alert, the IRS issued Notice 2015-49, which abruptly announces the IRS’s intention to prohibit lump-sum cashout windows for pension plan retirees already in pay status. The IRS intends to prohibit...more

The IRS Tosses Plan Sponsors a Curveball: New Guidance Throws Out One Method of Pension Plan De-Risking

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent guidance, the IRS surprised plan sponsors with its plan to prevent them from using one means of “de-risking” their defined benefit pension plans to reduce their pension plan liabilities. In Notice 2015-49, the IRS...more

It's Curtains for Some Lump-Sum Window Programs

On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-49 to announce it intends to prohibit retirees who are receiving annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan from electing a lump sum in lieu of the...more

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