Although the 2019 SECURE Act was the most significant retirement plan policy legislation in over 10 years, its provisions have been somewhat in the background due to COVID-19. We've highlighted the following provisions that plan sponsors and employers without a plan may want to consider now.
Statement on Auditing Standards No. 136 prescribes certain new performance requirements for an audit of financial statements of employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and changes the form and content of the related auditor's report. Read more.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, it contains several provisions that impact qualified retirement plans.
The government’s response to COVID-19 has left many facing forced closure or seismic changes to sales and expense forecasts. This new reality has left business owners looking for ways to bolster working capital while reducing fixed and other costs
The government penalizes employers for not putting enough money into a retirement plan and for putting too much into the plan. If an overpayment occurs and funds need to be withdrawn, the ability to pull them out depends on if the excess is employee or employer money.
If your 401(k) plan document was created before 2014, chances are the document is outdated. The IRS allows you to “tack-on” amendments to your existing document but may decide it is time to restate your entire plan document whether you think it needs it or not.
As an abridged explanation, a company retirement plan is considered top-heavy when plan assets at the end of the previous plan year were more than 60 percent owned by the “key employees”. Learn how to deal with the causes and challenges.
Company retirement plans receive special tax treatment, so the IRS has restrictions on when money can be withdrawn from a 401k account in order to prevent people from using it as a regular bank account. Here are four optional ways to withdraw money from a retirement plan if the provisions are included in the plan document.
Question: Do I have to allow my employees the option to choose their own 401(k) investments? I worry they won’t know how to make good investment choices.
Question: Our payroll person remitted our employee retirement plan “safe harbor” money into the profit sharing accounts of participants. Does it really matter or can we [...]