Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

By Craig Hoffman9/27/2017 • 0 Comments

An outline of the Republican tax reform plan was released today — a plan that includes a proposal to cap the tax rate on small business “pass-through” income at 25%. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman8/4/2017 • 0 Comments

The DOL has issued new FAQs on the fiduciary regulation that embrace the recommendations made by the ARA/NAPA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) in a recent comment letter. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman4/24/2017 • 0 Comments

It appears that the IRS finally agrees with ASPPA’s recommendation that the IRS roll out the new “compliance” or “5500-SUP” questions as part of a broader Form 5500 modernization initiative. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman3/10/2017 • 0 Comments

The upcoming ASPPA Eastern Regional Conference will address hardship distributions and documentation that must be received and maintained to justify making them, as well as recent IRS activity related to them.

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By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The final version of the 2015 Form 5500 was released on Dec. 3 and, in a victory for ASPPA GAC, the new IRS compliance questions were made optional (at least for the 2015 plan year). READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman8/5/2015 • 0 Comments

Looking to gain insights, tips and tricks on issues commonly faced by the owners and senior managers of pension administration and actuarial services firms? Well look no further. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman5/13/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s Chicago Regional Conference, to be held June 4 and 5, is not to be missed by practitioners who need to get up to date on the most important developments affecting plan sponsors and the professionals who advise them. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

It now appears there is substance to reports that the IRS will be curtailing the determination letter program for individually designed plans. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman3/4/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) filed a comment letter with the IRS on March 3, 2015, requesting an extension of the June 30 deadline for submitting the master language for pre-approved defined benefit plans. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman3/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS has transferred responsibility for certain technical work from its Employee Plans Division to the IRS Chief Counsel’s office; IRS Announcement 2014-34 and IRS Revenue Procedure 2015-6 formalize this change.
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By Craig Hoffman2/25/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee recently filed comments with the IRS regarding proposed changes to IRS Form 5500. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman1/12/2015 • 0 Comments

A regulation that would allow for a “window” period for giving out the annual notice required in most 401(k) plans appears to be heading for a spring 2015 publication date — and that could be good news for your plan sponsor clients.
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By Craig Hoffman12/4/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA members who own TPA firms (or who are senior executives) have a new membership option and a new conference in 2015: the ASPPA Business Managers and Owners Council (BMOC) — and the Business Executives and Managers (BEAM) Conference, which will be held Jan. 25-27, 2015. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman12/1/2014 • 0 Comments

While it is not unusual for federal agencies to update their planned agenda for new regulations and other guidance periodically, some recent updates the Department of Labor announced to its Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda have drawn heightened interest. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman11/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Plan administrators were beginning to feel comfortable with their procedures for participant benefit statements, but changes are in the offing. The Department of Labor’s most recent guidance plan includes a proposed regulation that could significantly affect the way plan sponsors draft and distribute these notices. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman10/10/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS announced this week, to the surprise of many, that the IRS electronic filing system known as FIRE (Filing Information Returns Electronically) will be shut down from approximately 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, until approximately 6:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman10/3/2014 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Tibble v. Edison Int’l case, it was announced Oct. 2. One of the many “excessive fee” cases being pursued through the federal court system, Tibble arose in California and was the subject of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman9/15/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA has recommended in a comment letter to the IRS that it make the administrative relief Revenue Procedure 2014-32 provides for filers of delinquent Forms 5500-EZ permanent and that it more closely reflect the relief available through the Department of Labor’s delinquent filer voluntary compliance program. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman8/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Inspector General is looking at how the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration monitors plans that claim the “small plan” exemption from the annual independent audit requirement that applies under ERISA, the ASPPA Government Affairs Committee has learned. 

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By Craig Hoffman7/23/2014 • 0 Comments

The 2014 ASPPA Annual Conference, scheduled for Oct. 26-29, is only three months away. This year’s program is filled with topics that should not be missed. Once again, Sunday’s opening general session will include a Washington Update on legislative and regulatory developments presented by ASPPA’s government affairs experts, Brian Graff, Executive Director; Craig Hoffman, General Counsel; and Judy Miller, Director of Retirement Policy (as well as ACOPA’s Executive Director). READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman6/13/2014 • 0 Comments

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 412(d)(2) was originally enacted as part of ERISA over 40 years ago. It provides that certain plan amendments adopted after the close of the plan year may be given retroactive effect. In an informal answer to a question raised in conjunction with the 2011 Enrolled Actuaries Conference, the IRS seemed to contradict the clear meaning of this wording. 
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By Craig Hoffman6/12/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA has suggested ways in which the Department of Labor could improve the proposed amendment to the Section 408(b)(2) fee disclosure regulations. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman4/11/2014 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor released its long-promised proposal to require that a guide or summary accompany a covered service provider’s 408(b)2) disclosures on March 11. The final 408(b)(2) regulations, which became effective July 1, 2012, left this question open, with the DOL promising to revisit the issue in the future. Release of the March 11 proposed rule makes good on that promise. READ MORE

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By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE