PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 11th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. What a truly dynamic news week it has been—certainly one for the U.S. history books. This week’s presidential election result, it must be said, opens up just as many questions as it answered. Facing the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is daunting for some and exhilarating for others, but all of us are facing a new future together after a remarkable (and lengthy) campaign season. In that spirit, collected below are a few highlights from our recent political coverage, offering some food for thought about what might lie ahead. 
Editor's choice
House Republicans Propose Tax and Retirement Policy Changes
A Neuberger Berman analysis shows that House Republicans’ tax and retirement policy proposals may suggest a push toward a universal savings account and a consolidation of current tax code retirement savings provisions. Read more >
Post Budget Act Stumble, Congress Tries Again to Impact Fiduciary Rule
It’s a particular skill of Congress to make the improbable appear promising—whether it comes to overturning the Affordable Care Act or, as was the case this week, delaying the DOL’s fiduciary reform. Read more >
How Tax Reform Could Affect Retirement Plans
Several proposed tax reforms would restructure how retirement vehicles are taxed and could negatively impact retirement plans in a number of ways. Read more >
Employee Benefits and Presidential Politics
What the outcome of the election could mean for the employee benefits industry. Read more >
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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
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.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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