On March 10, 2022, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01, 401(k) Plan Investments in “Cryptocurrencies.” In this guidance (see below), the DOL cautions plan fiduciaries to exercise extreme care before they consider adding a cryptocurrency option to a 401(k) plan’s investment menu for plan participants. Read More
As a firm which specializes in the audits of employee benefit plans, we continually monitor accounting, regulatory and current events which may impact plans. As a member of the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), we recently attended the May 2021 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) annual Employee Benefit Plans Conference. Read
The Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Fiscal Year 2021 Program Letter PDF lists IRS priorities and how those align with the IRS Strategic Goals. In fiscal year 2021, the IRS will continue to pursue its compliance program described in its FY 2020 Program Letter PDF, and use its webpage to share information about other compliance program initiatives at the end
Executive Order to Expand Access to Workplace Retirement Savings Plans and to Review Rules on Required Minimum Distributions
On August 31, 2018, the President signed an executive order to expand access to workplace retirement savings plans for American workers and to review rules on required minimum distributions. The President’s order directs the Departments of Labor and the Treasury to consider issuing regulations and guidance that would make it easier for businesses to offer
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). Read More
Fiduciary Rule Law as of June 9, 2017 but DOL will not Enforce until January 1, 2018 as it Seeks Pubic Input on the Rule, Considers Changes and Additional Delays
On May 22, 2017 Alexander Acosta, the Secretary of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on the Fiduciary Rule. In it he states: “The Labor Department has concluded that it is necessary to seek additional public input on the entire Fiduciary Rule, and we will do so.