Plan Sponsor Resources
A retirement plan advisor can serve in either a 3(21) or 3(38) fiduciary capacity, and in some cases, both capacities. The needs and desires of the plan sponsor typically dictate the specific arrangement, which is predicated upon the subject of risk mitigation versus risk avoidance.
The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.
During an infectious disease outbreak, the main emphasis should be on containing and mitigating the disease itself. However, the economic effects are significant and many companies are overwhelmed as they work to understand, react to and learn lessons from the rapidly unfolding events involving COVID-19.
The number of notices and disclosures required to retirement plan participants has increased while methods to access information changed drastically. Many individuals receive their news and information on electronic devices through apps and social media.
Plan sponsors are often concerned with the prudence and process of obtaining insurance covering ERISA retirement plan fiduciaries. While fiduciary insurance is an important aspect in mitigating the financial impact of fiduciary litigation, there are a number of additional, important activities that are prudent for fiduciaries to embrace.
The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’s) Employee Benefit Audit Program is used to audit and enforce. The IRS’s emphasis, with respect to defined contribution plans is on compliance with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code), the plan’s tax qualification and administration of all plan documents. In the event of noncompliance with regulations, the IRS can impose taxes, penalties and interest.
it is important for plan fiduciaries of qualified retirement plans to understand their role regarding beneficiary designations and the regulations that dictate.
Although the most significant law affecting retirement plans in many years, all in all, it is a modest piece of legislation, as compared to prior laws such as Pension Protection Act of 2006 and the Tax Reform Act of 1986. It is really a hodge podge of policy initiatives that have been bouncing around the halls of Congress in recent years.
The $1.4 trillion spending package enacted on December 20, 2019, included the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which had overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives in the spring of 2019, but then subsequently stalled in the Senate. The SECURE Act represents the most sweeping set of changes to retirement legislation in more than a decade.
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted in December 2019 as part of a larger federal spending package. This long awaited legislation expands savings opportunities for workers and includes new requirements and incentives for employers that provide retirement benefits.