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 Staff2/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration on Feb. 4 updated five frequently asked questions concerning electronically filing the Form 5500 via the EFAST2 system.
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By ASPPA Net Staff2/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS cautions that entering incorrect information — or in some cases, leaving a field blank — on the Form 5500 increases the likelihood of being targeted for a compliance check.
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By ASPPA Net Staff2/5/2015 • 0 Comments

A new survey finds that 76% of Baby Boomers who retired within the past five years felt “in control” of their decision to retire.

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By ASPPA Net Staff2/4/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has placed 150 multi-employer pension funds in critical status, and another 85 on the list of plans it calls endangered.

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By Andrew Remo2/4/2015 • 0 Comments

President Obama’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2016 contains proposals that would change the tax treatment of IRAs and qualified retirement plans.

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By Judy Miller2/3/2015 • 0 Comments

President Obama’s 2016 budget has been issued, and while parts could expand retirement plan coverage, others are likely to undermine those good intentions.

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By Nevin Adams2/3/2015 • 0 Comments

There is something of a feeling of déjà vu in President Obama’s budget proposal, certainly regarding workplace retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Deferral and savings rates in 401(k) plans improved at a stronger rate than expected in 2014, recent studies reveal.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Jan. 29 announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved revisions it made to the forms and instructions for standard and distress terminations and missing participants.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The White House memo on the DOL’s proposal to redefine what constitutes a fiduciary continues to engender negative reaction. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The 114th Congress has gotten off to a quick start with retirement legislation.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Remember the importance of 401(k) plan committees, which can exercise their fiduciary responsibility through meetings and quarterly reviews. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The ERISA Advisory Council has thrown its support behind the notion of multiple employer plans as a means of encouraging plan formation.

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By John Iekel1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) was not arbitrary and capricious when it concluded that Kentucky Bancshares was obliged to comply with the Pension Protection Act and ERISA when it terminated its retirement plan and trust, the 6th Circuit has ruled.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/20/2015 • 0 Comments

A year ago, President Obama touted the voluntary MyRA in his State of the Union Address — but the White House has a lot more to say about retirement this year — and it’s a lot less voluntary.
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By ASPPA Net Staff1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Reports of hacks, identity theft and more highlight the importance of making sure information about plan participants and beneficiaries is secure.To help with fulfiling that part of a fiduciary’s duty, here are some questions to ask to make sure participants’ and beneficiaries’ data are kept safe. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Funding levels of pension plans sponsored by the S&P 1500 fell by 9 percentage points in 2014, from 88% to 79%. According to Mercer, the plans’ collective deficits more than doubled last year, reaching $504 billion at year-end.
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By Nevin Adams1/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has outlined the conditions for determining the existence of a partial plan termination, ruling on the fifth appeal of what it called a “seemingly interminable class action suit.”
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By Nevin Adams1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) is arguing that the Land of Lincoln has “police powers” that allow it to change a contract in extraordinary circumstances, including changes to the state’s public pensions contained in a 2013 pension overhaul.
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By John Iekel1/13/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on Jan. 12 issued a draft of the 2015 premium filing form and instructions. It provides information for plans paying premiums for plan years beginning in 2015, including instructions for all the particular forms of data that must be reported.
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