It has only been about a year and a half since large U.S. universities became the target of ERISA lawsuits, making for a fresh crop of claims and defense strategies that matter for all types of DC plans.
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The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000.
According to IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-52, in general, beginning April 1, 2019, plan sponsors must use the www.pay.gov website when filing a VCP submission and paying applicable user fees.
The modifications take into consideration changes related to qualified plan loan offsets and other statutory changes.
President Trump on Friday called on the Department of Labor to consider the pros and cons of allowing small businesses to jointly offer retirement plans (open MEPs).
If there are missing participants that plan sponsors have not made a genuine effort to find, “the entire plan could be disqualified under the tax code and the plan fiduciaries may be found to have breached their ERISA duties,” says Norma Sharara, a partner with Mercer.
The IRS recently issued a private letter ruling approving a student loan repayment benefit within a retirement plan; ERIC wants this expanded to apply to all plan sponsors.
The IRS and the Treasury Department have extended nondiscrimination relief for closed defined benefit plans for an additional year.
The IRS notes that Rev. Proc. 2017-41 modified the pre-approved letter program by combining the master & prototype and volume submitter programs into a new opinion letter program.
Because participants receiving a student loan repayment non-elective contribution can still make deferrals to the 401(k) plan and receipt of the contribution is not dependent on whether the employee makes deferrals to the plan, the IRS ruled the benefit will not violate the “contingent benefit” prohibition of the Income Tax Regulations.
Since the Supreme Court decision about the definition of church plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Service has issued several private letter rulings concerning entities’ church plan status, including an organization with a 403(b) plan.
With some exceptions, PBGC premium payers and data providers can now assume filing relief from the pension insurer in each case that the IRS issues its own disaster-related relief that impacts the filing of Forms 5500.
In an issue snapshot, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) discusses when a cash balance plan amendment reduces (or potentially reduces) the interest crediting rate.
The Plan Sponsor Council of America has heard concerns from its members that they have been or may be subjected to enforcement actions even though the DOL and IRS have not issued comprehensive guidance on missing participants that provide a clear roadmap for compliance.
If a short plan year is created when a plan is amended, terminates or is newly adopted, proration of the Internal Revenue Code annual compensation dollar limit and limit on DC plan additions will be needed.
If there is a complete discontinuance of contributions in a profit sharing plan, including a 401(k) plan, the plan is treated as terminated for vesting purposes and affected employees must be 100% vested in their accrued benefit.