Happy Friday, readers! Being a defined contribution retirement plan industry specialist, you’re probably already aware that we just passed the 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Pension Protection Act. Known as the PPA, few pieces of legislation adopted since the initial passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act some four decades ago have had as big an impact on our industry and daily work. Collected below is some of our special coverage marking the anniversary of the PPA and exploring the ongoing impacts of the landmark retirement law.
Advisers are working with more plans today than they ever have—completing more services for more diverse types of clients than was the case prior to the full implementation of the Pension Protection Act.
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While industry practitioners often have deeply held convictions about how to improve the U.S. retirement system, there are already many things plan advisers can do under current legislation and regulations to improve retirement security of American workers.
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Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.