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 Staff7/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has prepared material intended to assist plan administrators in selecting an auditor and reviewing the audit work and report. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Financial wellness can affect more than just employees’ accounts and retirement readiness; it also can affect employees’ physical wellness and even an employer’s bottom line, recent studies say. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/28/2015 • 0 Comments

None other than a fellow federal agency has said in its a comment letter on the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal that the proposal fails to adequately estimate its cost or the number of firms affected by it. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2015 • 0 Comments

Concerned that the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal is about reengineering the retirement services industry and controlling the way Americans save for retirement, a group of Republican congressmen is calling for withdrawal of the rule.

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By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2015 • 0 Comments

Taking a cue from the boss, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in the DOL blog has said that the DOL will issue guidance to help facilitate state-based retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2015 • 0 Comments

A recent study shows that there is a gap between some generations' retirement readiness, but the results may not be what one would expect. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/27/2015 • 0 Comments

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) says that the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal represents a “fractured approach” that will sow confusion for many in the retirement industry. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/23/2015 • 0 Comments

Sharp increases in the penalties for making mistakes in information reporting will kick in for returns and statements that are required to be filed after Dec. 31, 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff7/23/2015 • 0 Comments

In Announcement 2015-19, the IRS on July 21 outlined changes to the employee plans determination letter program for qualified retirement plans.
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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

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