Technical Resources

Technical Resources covers the nuts and bolts of the retirement plan market, focusing on IRS and DOL regulations, ERISA litigation, fiduciary governance and more.

 

 


Technical Resources

Technical Resources

By Ted Godbout12/4/2017 • 0 Comments

After a long and sometimes heated debate, the Senate took a major step toward enactment of landmark tax reform legislation, approving its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) at nearly 2:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. READ MORE

By John Iekel12/1/2017 • 0 Comments

Ritual marks the onset of a new year — but it’s not just about revelry and pageantry. It’s also about making sure plan-related duties that are on a calendar-year timeline are fulfilled in time. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/30/2017 • 0 Comments

A recent blog entry reminds that there are fiduciary considerations associated with offering actively managed accounts in a DC plan. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/30/2017 • 0 Comments

A stolen identity, a few clicks, and there it is — a handsome retirement plan balance, ripe for the picking. A recent blog entry,and the IRS, offer some ideas on how to protect retirement plans from identity theft. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2017 • 0 Comments

Financial wellness programs provide help to participants in achieving their short-, intermediate- and long-term financial objectives — some of that advice is fiduciary and some is not. READ MORE

By Doug Fisher11/30/2017 • 0 Comments

Senate Republican leaders are floating the idea of increasing the deduction for qualified business income of pass-through businesses from 17.4% to 20%, which could have consequences for retirement plans sponsored by S Corporation shareholders. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/29/2017 • 0 Comments

PBGC Director Thomas Reeder at a Nov. 29 hearing of the House Education and Commerce Committee’s Subcommitee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions discussed the status of the Multiemployer Pension Program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/29/2017 • 0 Comments

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would boost the cashout limit for retirement plans, which its sponsors say will help make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/28/2017 • 0 Comments

There is “work to do in the retirement areas,” House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said on Nov. 28. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/28/2017 • 0 Comments

An 18-month extension of the transition period for the Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) amendments and applicability dates for the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule has been finalized. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

The safety net the PBGC provides through its pension plan insurance programs covered more plans and participants in federal fiscal year (FY) 2017, the agency reports. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

As employees are asked to take on more responsibility for managing and financing their benefits, new research shows that employees want and need help making better decisions about their benefits. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced legislation that would create a Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund and a Pension Rehabilitation Administration. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

American consumers apparently hold negative views of being in debt during retirement, even for so-called “good” debt, according to a new report. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

Conventional wisdom is that leaving employment and drawing from retirement savings could be a recipe to eventual and inevitable penury. But a recent study begs to differ. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

As we all emerge from our turkey-induced food coma, all eyes will now be on the U.S. Senate, as Congress returns from its Thanksgiving break to make the final push to approve tax reform by the end of the year. READ MORE

By John Iekel11/27/2017 • 0 Comments

Required minimum distributions may be among a plan's innocuous responsibilities, but a recent blog entry cautions that one fails to keep them in mind at one’s peril. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/22/2017 • 0 Comments

Thanksgiving has been called a “uniquely American” holiday, and though that is perhaps something of an overstatement, it is unquestionably a special holiday, and one on which it seems appropriate to reflect on all for which we should be thankful. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/22/2017 • 0 Comments

Several years ago the DOL sought to improve retirement plan fee disclosures, but new research suggests many workers are not reading plan disclosures and are unfamiliar with fees being charged for managing their funds. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout11/22/2017 • 0 Comments

While much of our focus on the current House and Senate tax bills has been on the retirement-related provisions, there are a number of provisions worth noting that would alter the existing tax treatment of executive compensation and various other compensation and benefit provisions. READ MORE

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