Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers! Over the last two months it has become a major part of our editorial mission to help the retirement planning industry come to terms with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In that spirit, we offer below a recap of the most important commercial, regulatory and legislative actions taken by our political and industry leaders. We hope you find our coverage helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague.
Participant communications about coronavirus-related distributions should include language that state tax treatment may vary, or that participants should check with an expert about what state taxes may apply.
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Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free?
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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.