Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Government Affairs

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The IRS has issued an updated version of Publication 575, “Pension and Annuity Income,” for use in preparing 2015 returns. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/6/2016 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Jan. 5 announced that it is ready to accept electronic premium filings for plan years beginning in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee has approved a bill creating a mandatory retirement program for private-sector workers without employer-sponsored plans in the Garden State. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Just before Christmas, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2029, a massive year-end spending and tax bill containing a number of provisions affecting health and retirement plans. Here’s what you may have missed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Dec. 23 sent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for its approval of a revision to its collection of information on locating and paying plan participants. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS Employee Plans office, in the latest issue of Employee Plans News, has issued reminders and links to other information especially useful to plans as the old year ends and a new year begins. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

One of the most-cited sources of government data regarding income sources in retirement has revamped its methodology, but in the process led to questions about its reliability of those findings, according to a recent report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

Understanding how the EPCRS negotiation process works and strategies that can be employed are critical. In a webcast that will be held on Jan. 14, 2016, Ilene H. Ferenczy will share her many years of experience in dealing with the IRS in this case-study-intensive webcast. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week introduced legislation that they say will “ensure retirement advisors serve their clients’ best interests and preserve access to quality financial planning” and would also require Congress' approval of the final fiduciary rule from the Labor Department. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/16/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has issued the 2016 comprehensive premium filing instructions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Those hoping that the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule would be derailed in congressional budget negotiations found coal in their pre-Christmas stockings instead. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/14/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Dec. 14 issued the 2015 Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Qualification Requirements; it is to be used by plan sponsors and practitioners submitting determination letter applications for plans during the period beginning Feb. 1, 2016 and ending Jan. 31, 2017.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The House and Senate have passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 16; whether budget legislation ultimately will include provisions affecting the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule remains uncertain.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/10/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS has updated the frequently asked questions about the Form 5500 series

— and did so in a manner that makes them useful for 2015 reporting.

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By ASPPA Net Staff12/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Some may consider it a bundle of coal, and others a vision of sugarplums, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers now says that their legislative proposal to ensure retirement advisors protect clients’ best interests could be introduced before the holiday break. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/9/2015 • 0 Comments

For those thinking the impetus behind the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal might fade with a change in administrations, think again. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS in Notice 2015-86 has provided guidance on how the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Obergefell , which overturned state laws and constitutional amendments that defined marriage as occurring between a man and a woman, applies to retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The federal budget bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill this week could become the battleship that eventually sinks the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/7/2015 • 0 Comments

The team of Portman and Cardin have put their heads, and pens, together in a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez about the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal. READ MORE

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

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