January 13 2023

Introducing ACG's New Podcast: Beer Markets

At ACG, we are always looking for new ways to engage and educate the community on the world of finance. As a result of this continuous effort, we are excited to announce the start of our podcast titled "Beer Markets."

December 16 2022

Terminated 401(k) Plans and the “12-Month Rule”

If you’re older than a certain age, you’re familiar with the tagline, “Roaches check in, but they don’t check out.” It’s kind of like that in a 401(k) plan. You can easily check your money in (contribute to the plan), but it can be hard to check it o...

November 21 2022

A Guide to SIMPLE IRAs and 401(k)s for TPAs

Note: The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 made several changes to the rules related to SIMPLEs. Accordingly, some of the information in this article may be outdated. In the retirement plan world, SIMPLE stands for Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees. T...

May 26 2022

Which Plan Design is Right for You?

Many years ago, along with the birth of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), a famous “rock” group posed a great question with the song lyrics “What’s The World Coming To?” With all that’s happening today, the question may now be apropos ...

January 20 2022

Inherited a Retirement Account Recently? Here’s Why You Need to Know About the New 10-year Rule.

The SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act was passed in 2019, effective 2020. The act established a new 10-year rule, requiring certain beneficiaries to withdraw their entire inherited retirement account balance by Decemb...

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 discussi...