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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Fidelity Bonding requirements

401(k) bonding requirements, while uncommonly known, are arguably one of the most important details regarding your plan. Dating back to 1974, the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 mandated that qualified plans under IRC section 401(k) be insured against losses caused by fraud or dishonesty. What is a Fidelity Bond? A …

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Who is the PCC and what do they do?

The PCC (Private Company Council) is a sub-organization created by and of the FASB. The PCC’s primary function is to evaluate current financial reporting standards set forth by GAAP and identify opportunities to streamline implementation and general reporting standards for private companies. The FASB and PCC recognize that certain standards are not as impactful for …

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Changes to hardship distribution rules

On November 14, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed regulations that will essentially relax certain hardship distribution rules. Though the effective date of these provisions was January 1, 2019, changes were not required during 2018 or 2019. Once the final regulations are issued, certain changes are required, effective January 1, 2020. Below, we …

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