Big changes in IRAs – Expanding the definition of earned income

Recently, Congress passed and the President signed the SECURE Act “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”. This new legislation is the first major retirement reform since the Pension Protection Act in 2006. Many changes in the SECURE Act affect both 401k’s and IRA’s but one of the sometimes overlooked changes has to do with …

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IRA contributions and IRA distributions to charity changed under new tax law

Before 2019’s SECURE Act, you could not contribute to a traditional IRA account in the year you turned 70 1/2 and later years. Under the new SECURE Act, this age limit is repealed for contributions starting in 2020. Don’t miss: SECURE Act changes deadline for retirement plan As life expectancy for the average person increases, …

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Small employer automatic enrollment credit

As a business owner, you are probably well-aware that offering a 401(k) plan to your employees has its advantages—ease of talent acquisition, increased retention rates and high morale. But if you happen to be a small business employer, providing a retirement plan to employees may not seem entirely feasible without credit. Start-up costs are often …

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Required minimum distribution age raised with SECURE Act

As many know, the rule prior to the new SECURE Act stated a required minimum distribution (RMDs) from traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plans was required to be taken by April 1 following the year a taxpayer reached the age of 70 ½. This rule is still in place for people who turned 70 …

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SECURE act changes deadline for retirement plans

Near the end of 2019, congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, or as most people call it, the SECURE Act. If you are a frequent reader of our blogs, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve had quite a few about the SECURE Act and all of the changes it made going …

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Cost of living adjustments for 2020 for retirement plans and IRA

The tax law places limits on the dollar amount of contributions to retirement plans and IRAs. IRC Section 415 requires the limits to be adjusted annually for cost of living adjustments. Don’t miss: Important information when changing plan administrators The below table shows a three-year comparison (starting in 2020) of certain retirement plan limits. Plan …

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Penalty Free Retirement Account Withdrawals

For anyone who has a child, they know sometimes the pain doesn’t end at the point of delivery.  Don’t get me wrong. Children are a blessing, but with them come sleepless nights, diaper changes and yes, financial pressures that could stem from retirement account withdrawals. A study by Health Affairs found that for the average …

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Locating lost 401k plan participants

For many employers, finding lost 401k plan participants can seem an impossible task. Nevertheless, employers are required to take all reasonable actions to locate a missing participant. Employers have a fiduciary obligation under ERISA to locate or “make a reasonable effort” to find a missing participant of a terminated defined contribution plan. Failing to do …

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DOL limited-scope audits

When you have a business that requires an audit of its 401k or retirement plan, the DOL and the IRS both accept what is known as a “DOL limited-scope audit”. But what does this mean and why would you want limited-scope audits instead of a normal audit? Don’t miss: Important information when changing plan administrators …

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Important information when changing plan administrators

From time-to-time employers deem it necessary to change administrators for their employee benefit plan. This may affect the election choices of the employees. A Third-Party Administrator (TPA) is hired by an employer to deal with the behind the scenes events that occur while handling the retirement plan. They assist with the plan design and are …

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