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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‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

House Ways and Means Committee Passes SECURE Act 2.0

The markup hearing, punctuated by a unanimous vote to advance the legislation, demonstrated that retirement security issues are capable of bringing together members of Congress who don’t agree on much else.

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.
Ascensus Unveils AI-Driven Personalized Financial Wellness

The new offering is available through a partnership with Financial Finesse.

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