August 12 2021

No 2020 Form 5500 Needed for Retroactive Qualified Plans

The IRS has announced that, for qualified retirement plans adopted in 2021 retroactive to the 2020 plan year, a 2020 Form 5500 will not be required.

May 21 2021

RMDs for Beneficiaries in Qualified Retirement Plans

When an employee in a qualified retirement plan dies, the employee’s account balance has to be distributed to the beneficiary at a certain rate over a certain timeframe. The money cannot stay in the plan forever. What is that timeframe? When do distr...

April 29 2021

Catch-Up Contributions: A Good Thing for Both Men and Women

Back in 2001, a law called the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) was passed. Some referred to it as the Bush Tax Cuts, Round One. The law had a number of provisions related to qualified retirement plans. Among these, in a sec...

March 11 2021

Did you pay back your RMD last year? Make sure your CPA knows.

In 2020, as part of the CARES Act COVID-19 relief bill, Congress waived the requirement to take a minimum distribution from certain retirement accounts. The waiver wasn’t enacted until March, though, and by then many investors had already taken some ...

April 22 2020

Coronavirus and Defined Benefit Plan Funding

This article is part of our continuing series on the coronavirus and its effects on qualified retirement plans.  Recently, we wrote about ways employees affected by the coronavirus could access money from their retirement plans.  Today, we are discus...

March 23 2020

Options for Accessing Retirement Plan Money Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare, we are getting reports that our clients are imposing layoffs, furloughs, and temporary shutdowns.  It makes sense; if people aren’t coming to your business, there’s no work for the employees to do and no money t...

February 06 2020

Issues with Independent Contractors and Pension Plans

A number of our retirement plan clients have independent contractors performing services for them.  There are often questions about whether these independent contractors can or should be covered in the company retirement plan.  The answer can be boil...

January 30 2020

What You Need to Know About the SECURE Act

By now you have likely heard about the SECURE Act recently passed by Congress. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act will increase access to workplace retirement plans and expand retirement savings, but what provision...

December 26 2019

Five Best Practices to Protect Your Retirement Nest Egg from Cybertheft

I remember when I was 10, there was no such thing as a debit card. In fact, growing up in the ‘80s meant no internet, no PayPal, no direct deposit or any type of remote banking. While they make things extremely efficient and easy for us, these techno...

November 08 2019

New Qualified Plan Limits and Social Security Adjustments for 2020 Announced

Retirees receiving Social Security will see a small benefit increase in 2020.  Savers in qualified retirement plans (but not IRAs) will have the ability to put a bit more money away in 2020.

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