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week ending June 5th, 2020
With new rules for retirement plan loans and withdrawals and multiple guidance about relief offered to employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, your head may be spinning from thinking about what needs to be done and when. PLANSPONSOR will give you updates as they happen, but we’ve also partnered with Carol Buckmann, with Cohen & Buckmann P.C., to break things down for you. Each week, she will explain legislative provisions or official guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect retirement and health plan sponsors. You can find her insights in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, and look for the next installment about the expansion of health benefit elections on PLANSPONSOR.com Monday. Have a happy and safe weekend!
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Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: Who Qualifies for Coronavirus-Related Distributions?
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act distributions up to $100,000 have been authorized by Congress through the end of the year, but they are not mandatory. If a plan allows special CARES Act distributions, only participants who are qualifying individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 will be eligible to receive them.
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: New Loan Provisions Under the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides temporary relief from some plan loan requirements for loans made and repayments due beginning March 27. These provisions apply to qualified plans but, unlike the distribution provisions, do not apply to individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: How Are Coronavirus-Related Distributions Taxed?
The tax rules that usually apply to retirement plan distributions do not apply to coronavirus-related distributions (CRDs). Instead, there are special rules for distributions made to “qualified individuals” affected by the coronavirus.
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: Deadline Extensions Provide Relief to Retirement Plan Sponsors
The IRS and the Department of Labor (DOL) have provided welcome relief to plan sponsors who are unable to meet plan deadlines due to the coronavirus, including those whose vendors and third-party administrators (TPAs) may have been closed or have been working at reduced capacity due to lockdowns or illness.
Compliance
IRS Provides Additional Deadline Relief to Plan Sponsors
Deadlines have been moved for single-employer and multiemployer DB plans and 403(b) plans, among others.
Popular Reads
Compliance
New Financial Audit Rule Increases Requirements for Plan Sponsors
Plan sponsors will be required to provide much more data, as well as certifications about plan administration and governance, and limited-scope audits will no longer be so limited.
Research
2021 Recordkeeping Survey
Data and Research
Participants Missing the Full Match Remains a Big Problem
A new survey shows there are several reasons employees decide not to contribute to their retirement plans.
Compliance
Parties in Church Plan Lawsuit Finally Get Preliminary Approval of Settlement
A judge found the interests of a subclass of terminated, vested participants were adequately protected in a newly proposed settlement.
Compliance
2021 ERISA Plan Compliance Calendar
A schedule to help plan sponsors track important due dates for their plan
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