Retirement plan prohibited transactions – timely remittances

There are numerous types of prohibited transactions. Prohibited transactions are defined as certain transactions between a retirement plan and a disqualified person (broadly a person with some involvement with the retirement plan) that would cause the plan/plan sponsor to be in violation of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). One type of prohibited …

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401(k): Simple steps to invest in your future

Everybody always hears how they need to invest in their 401(k) as soon as they start working. Other than that initial advice, further guidance usually is not provided. Investing in a 401(k) is undoubtedly good advice, but investing in a 401(k) (or anything for that matter) should be a much different experience for someone just …

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Alternative investments help diversify employee benefit plans

Alternative investments are generally defined as investments that do not have a readily determinable fair value. This means this type of investment is not listed on a national exchange, and quoted market prices are not published in financial publications. These investments also do not face the restrictions or regulations that a typical investment, such as …

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Effective audit committee member habits

An audit committee is a crucial component of a company, whether it has to do with the company’s balance sheet, or their 401(k). They have the responsibility of keeping an objective point of view when it comes to the legal and compliance aspects of the financial statements. Recently, in an Accounting Today article, Dr. Lola …

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Voluntary fiduciary correction program

Throughout the administration of 401k plans, employers may at times run into fiduciary violations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). If this happens, you may be eligible to apply for voluntary relief from enforcement actions, including assessments of civil monetary penalties through the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (“VFCP”). The VFCP was designed to …

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IRS releases 2017 retirement plan limits

On October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced the cost-of-living adjustments (“COLA”) for the 2017 tax year. These COLA rates are used to adjust over 40 tax provisions from the standard deduction and personal exemption to retirement plan limits. Based on changes in the consumer price index, used by the IRS to determine …

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Retirement Plan Loan Alternative

Many retirement plan participants may already know about the option to take out a loan against their retirement account. What you may not know about is the option to take out a hardship (though, all plans may not offer the option). A hardship, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), “must be made on …

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Determination Changes Impacting Qualified Retirement Plans

A determination letter is a formal document from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that declares a retirement plan to be operating within the Employee Retirement Income Service (ERISA) guidelines. If the plan meets all the requirements, it becomes certified as a qualified plan and is then eligible for applicable tax benefits. Earlier this year, the …

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Forming a 401(k) Plan Committee

As a Plan Sponsor, you have important fiduciary responsibilities which, according to the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) within the Department of Labor (“DOL”), include: Acting solely in the interest of plan participants and their beneficiaries Carrying out duties prudently Following the plan documents (unless inconsistent with ERISA) Diversifying plan investments Paying only reasonable plan …

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Does Your EBP Have a True-Up Provision?

Plan sponsors have an option to incorporate a true-up provision into their employee benefit plan(s). True-up adjustments are done at the end of the plan year in order to ensure that the amount of employer matching contributions is grossed up to maximum allowable benefit per the plan document; they protect the less savvy participants from …

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