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  • New Exempt Status Income Threshold Impacts 401(k) Plan Costs October 7, 2019 If your 401(k) plan employer contribution formula for hourly employees includes overtime pay, your plan costs may increase next year — along with your overtime pay outlays. That’s because of ...
  • Risks of Front-Loading Deferrals on Your 401(k) October 7, 2019 Some 401(k) plan participants have been known to shoot themselves in the foot when taking aim at higher investment returns. Some of these individuals may not be open to advice ...
  • IRS and the Self-Correction Program for Plan Failures October 7, 2019 If your plan offers participants a plan loan option and you’re not infallible, here’s some good news: A recent IRS Revenue Procedure allows plan sponsors to jump through fewer hoops ...
  • Will a Merger or Acquisition Effect Your 401(k) Plan? October 7, 2019 ERISA issues and higher costs Is your company contemplating buying another company, or a division of one? If so, be sure to assess and plan for the impact on your 401(k) ...
  • Compliance Alert 2019 August 5, 2019 COMPLIANCE ALERT Upcoming compliance deadlines: 9/16*   Extended deadline for S corporation tax returns (IRS Form 1120S) 9/16*   Extended deadline for partnership tax returns (IRS Form 1065) 9/30     Summary Annual Report (SAR) due for Form ...
  • De-risking the Defined Benefit Pension Model August 5, 2019 Private sector employers have been retreating from the defined benefit (DB) pension model for decades. This is largely motivated by a desire to “de-risk” the company from a financial obligation ...
  • “Alts” in Retirement Plans? August 5, 2019 Are your plan participants gaining the benefit of a truly broad diversification of retirement portfolio assets? The answer might depend on whether they’re covered by a defined benefit (DB) plan ...
  • How to Train Retirement Plan Committee Members July 25, 2019 Learning the ropes of overseeing a retirement plan isn’t a “one and done” exercise. Periodic training updates for retirement plan committee members acting in a fiduciary capacity is a prudent ...
  • EBP June/July Compliance Alert June 4, 2019 Upcoming compliance deadlines for benefit plans: 6/30*   Deadline for processing corrective distributions for failed actual deferral percentage / actual contribution percentage (ADP/ACP) tests from plans with eligible automatic contribution arrangements (EACAs) ...
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) June 4, 2019 What makes a domestic relations order a qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO? The distinction is essential for retirement plan administrators when deciding whether to accept a state court’s instructions ...
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