Deanna Fisher

SECURE Act 2.0 – An Update On Potential Provisions

SECURE Act 2.0 – An Update On Potential Provisions

Many Americans struggle to save for retirement. Earlier this year the House of Representatives passed the Securing a Strong Retirement (SSR) Act, and two different U.S. Senate committees also advanced their own retirement savings-focused legislative proposals: the...

Q&A Corner

Q&A Corner

Q: I didn’t file my 12/31/21 plan year end Form 5500 by 7/31/22, now what? A: Contact your Form 5500 preparer! First, confirm whether or not an extension applies. This would occur with a Form 5558 filed before 7/31, or possibly a special extension or automatic...

New IRS Pre-Examination Compliance Program Announced

New IRS Pre-Examination Compliance Program Announced

In June 2022, the IRS began piloting a pre-examination retirement plan compliance program. This is beneficial to plan sponsors because it provides an opportunity for plan sponsors to correct mistakes at a reduced cost and possibly avoid a full IRS examination. Anytime...

Form 5500 Insights

Form 5500 Insights

Every year, most employers file a Form 5500 for each qualified plan that they sponsor. The purpose of the Form 5500 is to provide required information to the Department of Labor (DOL), but it can also provide valuable insight to the plan sponsor. The Form 5500 has...

Timing of Deposits 401(k)/403(b) Deferrals and Loan Repayments

Timing of Deposits 401(k)/403(b) Deferrals and Loan Repayments

One of the questions asked by your TPA during the annual census collection may be whether your participant contributions and loan payments were transmitted within the Department of Labor (DOL) safe harbor time frame. It’s an important question because both the DOL and...

2022 – An Ideal Time to Review Plan Design

2022 – An Ideal Time to Review Plan Design

Each year, those in the retirement community collect, analyze and calculate data to ensure plan compliance with the laws that govern qualified retirement plans. The calendar of deadlines repeats each year, challenging plan sponsors and service providers to focus on...

SECURE Act Provisions for Long-Term Part-Time Employees

SECURE Act Provisions for Long-Term Part-Time Employees

Historically, 401(k) plans could exclude individuals who worked less than 1,000 hours in the plan year. However, in its effort to expand access to employer retirement plans, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act introduced the concept...

Navigating the Labyrinth of Required Minimum Distributions

Navigating the Labyrinth of Required Minimum Distributions

Since the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, taxpayers have been required to withdraw previously untaxed dollars from their qualified plan and IRA accounts. These withdrawals are called Required Minimum Distributions or RMDs. Historically, those at and over the...

Participant Distribution Fraud in the “New Normal”

Participant Distribution Fraud in the “New Normal”

The Coronavirus pandemic, without a doubt, has changed the way we do business. It has also created some unanticipated vulnerabilities. For instance, since the start of the “new normal,” there has been an increase of cyberattacks on retirement plans and participant...