PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 10th, 2019

The Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy and the IRS publish a Priority Guidance Plan each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance. The federal agencies are currently accepting comments for the next Priority Guidance Plan, which will be in effect during the period from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Find more information on the Priority Guidance Plan below, along with coverage of other recent regulatory developments.

Regulatory News
Treasury, IRS Ask for Comments on 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan
The 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan will identify guidance projects that the agencies intend to actively work on as priorities during the period from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Read more >
PBGC Submits Updated Proposal for Determining Whether Plans Covered by ERISA
The agency explains that, in limited situations, employers will be able to use the soon-to-be issued coverage forms to request an opinion letter about whether a plan being developed is likely to receive PBGC coverage. Read more >
Upcoming Impactful Regulations in the Retirement Industry
The latest legislation to affect retirement planning in 2019 and beyond.  Read more >
Unlike SEC’s Approach, New Jersey Fiduciary Regs Have Teeth
The state’s former securities chief says recently issued fiduciary regulations have been crafted in the interest of aggressively tamping down on conflicts of interest in the financial services industry. Read more >
IRS Expands Opportunities for Retirement Plan Sponsors to Self-Correct
The IRS Self Correction Program has been expanded to include certain plan document failures and certain loan failures and a way to self-correct via plan amendments. Read more >
Council Finds Noncompliance With ERISA Fidelity Bond Rules
For this reason, the ERISA Advisory Council is recommending that the Department of Labor relaunch the updated rules it published in Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2008-04. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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