The “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018“—P.L. 115-123 (the “Budget Act”) was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018. The two year budget provides for a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 23, as well as a host of tax law changes. The Act retroactively extends through 2017

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Voluntary Correction Program Changes Effective January 2, 2018, the IRS simplified the user fees charged for most submissions made under the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP). The total amount of net plan assets determines the applicable user fee. Most alternative or reduced fees that were part of previous revenue procedures no longer apply. Refer to Revenue Procedure

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) is expanding its Missing Participants Program to terminated 401(k) and other plans in an effort to connect more people to their retirement savings. “PBGC’s expanded Missing Participants Program addresses an important problem and meets the needs of our stakeholders,” said PBGC Director Tom Reeder. “We look forward to working

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Below are the key retirement plan provisions under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, per Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting, Checkpoint Special Study on Pension and Benefit Changes in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” These are consistent with previous expectations.  Extended Rollover Period for Rollover of Plan Loan Offset Amounts If an employee stops

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In Notice 2018-2, IRS has provided updated mortality improvement rates and static mortality tables to be used for defined benefit (DB) pension plans under Code Sec. 430(h)(3)(A) and §303(h)(3)(A) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which apply for purposes of calculating the funding target and other items for valuation dates occurring

As a member of the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, we attended the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plans Accounting, Auditing and Regulatory Update in Washington DC. While the new tax bill was all the talk in Washington, the impact to tax qualified plans is expected to be minimal. However, a presentation by the Bipartisan Policy

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an 18-month extension from Jan. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, of the special Transition Period for the Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Principal Transactions Exemption, and of the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 (PTEs). This follows public comment on a

The IRS’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division has issued a memo in which it instructs its examiners not to challenge a qualified plan that can’t locate a retired participant, for failing to meet the required minimum distribution (RMD) standards, if the plan meets certain requirements. To get such treatment from the IRS, the Plan

In October 2017, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) released new 2017 mortality improvement scales. This is one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that for entities which must record pension obligations, these obligations are expected to be lower utilizing the new scales. The bad news for the rest of us is

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018, including that the 401(k) contribution limit increases to $18,500 for 2018.  The IRS issued technical guidance detailing these items in Notice 2017-64.  Highlights of Changes for 2018 The contribution limit for employees

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