Compliance

Churches Urge Quick Passage of Church Plan Clarification Legislation

Chief executive officers of Church Alliance member organizations submitted letters to key Congressional leaders relating to an issue of an informal position taken by the Treasury Department and IRS, under which certain church-affiliated organizations are barred from sponsoring church retirement income account plans offered under section 403(b)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Public Retirement Plan Mortality Tables Released by SOA

The Society of Actuaries points out that the financial impact of implementing the new public pension mortality tables will vary based on each individual job category, as well as the relative mix of member ages and other demographics in each pension plan.

Federal Courts Still Parsing Prudent Plan Administration

Attorneys with Mayer Brown say there has been little consensus or direction from the federal courts (at least so far) as to what exactly constitutes prudent administration of tax-qualified benefit plans; this will remain a challenge in 2019 and beyond. 

Puerto Rico Treasury Updates 2019 Contribution/Benefit Limits

The Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011 requires that, before the beginning of each taxable year, the PR Treasury provide notice of the applicable limits under Section 401(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which are incorporated by reference into the Puerto Rico Code limits.