Tax planning: wash sale rules and warnings

If you’ve already filed your 2017 tax return, you may already be thinking about your 2018 return and ways to reduce your tax liability. One well-known strategy you can file away for year-end is to sell assets at a loss to offset gains that have been realized during the year. The wash sale rule prevents you …

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How can you benefit from an 83(b) election?

When is an 83(b) election appropriate to make and what are some of the benefits from it? Section 83 applies to employees who receive stock that is subject to vesting. It is an election that would allow the taxpayer to be taxed at the time of the receipt of the property. There are various examples …

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Supreme Court Rules that Plan Sponsors Have Duty to Monitor Investment Options

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Tibble v. Edison Int’l case. In 1999 and 2002, Edison International added 6 retail mutual fund options to the available investment options for the company’s 401(k) plan. All 6 mutual funds had virtually identical institutional-class mutual funds that charge lower investment fees. …

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10 Steps to Put on Your Retirement Planning Checklist

The average American doesn’t give proper attention and consideration to retirement financial planning for a variety of reasons (excuses). Perhaps you don’t have time in your day-to-day life to squeeze in financial planning because it seems complicated and time consuming. Maybe you think it can be done next year; what’s the rush to do it …

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Black-Out Period – Part II

This posting is a follow-up to “All About Black-Out Periods” posted here.  In that posting we talked about what a black-out period is, and what the plan administrator’s responsibilities are for reporting the black-out period to its Plan’s participants. In this posting, I would like to share with you additional action items the Plan administrator …

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Are Your 401(k) Participants on Track to Meet their Retirement Goals?

As a plan administrator, it is good practice to take a proactive approach and evaluate whether or not your participants are being properly educated on how they can stay on track to meet their retirement goals. A recent article on usnews.com (http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-smarter-mutual-fund-investor/2010/11/16/5-mistakes-you-may-be-making-in-your-401k) discussed some common mistakes people make in their 401(k) plans that hinder their …

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Footnote Disclosures

Another year end has passed and now you are probably compiling and sending the 401(k) files to your third party administrator for them to complete their compliance testing, and other plan financial reports.  Many of these documents will then be requested by your 401(k) plan auditor.  Additionally your auditor will be requesting other Plan documents …

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Consider Giving Your 401(k) Plan a Mid-year Check

As we’re now into the second half of 2010, I thought I’d share some advice I read recently in Sunday newspaper.  Charles Schwab is encouraging individuals to perform a mid-year review of their 401(k) investments through the following simple processes: • Rebalance – Rebalancing means adjusting the allocations to the funds in your account back to …

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