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 ASPPA Net Staff7/22/2015 • 0 Comments

July 21 provided a poignant example of the back-and-forth over the proposed fiduciary rule, as Labor Secretary Thomas Perez testified on Capitol Hill about it, while across town SEC member Daniel Gallagher sent the DOL a public comment letter criticizing it. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association (ARA) has submitted its comment letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the fiduciary rule re-proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor will be changing its proposed fiduciary rule regarding brokers, DOL Deputy Assistant Secretary Timothy D. Hauser said at a July 16 Washington, D.C. meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/16/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS should better inform individuals about Internal Revenue Code provisions saying they must take required minimum distributions from their IRAs when they reach a certain age, says a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.
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By John Iekel7/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Whether we have retirement a crisis, or merely a series of hard problems, captured the ultimate issue an expert panel addressed at an American Enterprise Institute July 15 discussion at its Washington, DC offices,. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS in a July 14 news release encouraged eligible small businesses that did not file certain retirement plan returns to take advantage of a low-cost penalty relief program enabling them to quickly come back into compliance. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/14/2015 • 0 Comments

Diamonds may be forever, but apparently fiduciary liability for choosing annuities in a DC plan is not: That’s likely the most significant takeaway from Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2015-02. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/13/2015 • 0 Comments

President Obama on July 13 at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging called on the Department of Labor to “provide a clear path forward for the states to create retirement savings programs.” READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Plan sponsors who want to “de-risk” their pension plans will no longer be able to give participants who are receiving monthly annuity benefits the option to convert that benefit to a lump sum, according to new rules from the IRS. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Reports from the Senate Finance Committee’s five bipartisan tax working groups have been published, including policy options and recommendations on savings and investment. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/9/2015 • 0 Comments

In a recent ASPPA webcast on the Form 5500, Janice Wegesin, President of JMW Consulting, cautioned attendees that the proposed Form 5500 SUP is on the horizon — and that they need to be prepared. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Connecticut Gov. Dannell P. Malloy (D) on July 2 signed into law a measure that protects retirement plan benefits from creditors’ claims. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans and 403(b) annuity arrangements with calendar year plans, take note: July 31, the deadline for filing the Form 5500, is right around the corner. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Overall trends in June and the second quarter of 2015 were favorable for pension plans, according to new reports. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Efforts to stop or roll back the Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule will continue, according to Steve Saxon of Groom Law Group. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Another round of consumer surveys this week found most Americans optimistic, but not necessarily about retirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/2/2015 • 0 Comments

The Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act, which President Obama signed into law on June 29, expands the exemption from the 10% penalty tax on early distributions from a government retirement plan for qualified public safety employees who are at least 50 years old. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Census Bureau in its quarterly survey of public pensions during the first quarter of 2015 reports that the earnings that public pension plans have realized, and their holdings, have changed little since the fourth quarter of 2014. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration has announced that it has adopted a final rule that will be effective July 15 that revises its government pension offset regulations. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff6/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The DOL rule that went into effect June 17 containing fiduciary requirements for disclosure in participant-directed individual account plans has built in two additional months in which to provide the information. READ MORE

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