The agency has added two correction methods for overpayments by DB plans and expand the ability to correct an operational failure by plan amendment, among other things.
The agencies have filled in the gaps for implementing provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.
The agency has again extended relief previously provided from the physical presence requirement for participant elections required to be witnessed by a plan representative or a notary public.
No matter if an adviser is a flat-fee registered investment adviser or a commission-based broker/dealer, the DOL says the collection of compensation related to rollover guidance is almost always going to be a prohibited transaction, triggering the need for an exemption.
An updated page on the IRS website serves as a reminder of requirements in effect and those that will be in effect soon.
The guidance answers questions about who is an "active participant" and says the relief applies to each plan year which falls inside the relief period.
By alerting plan sponsors to the issues they see most often, advisers can help their clients navigate IRS testing rules.
RMDs in large DB plans and participant loans are among the items the agency says it will target in compliance initiatives.
The prescheduled phase-out of the coronavirus disaster declaration had created a ‘compliance conundrum,’ which the DOL has now addressed by issuing additional guidance.
A Q&A addresses the auto-enrollment cap and safe harbor notice requirements.
Guidance about how to deal with missing participants and uncashed checks has been issued piecemeal over the years.
The agency has also highlighted important modifications to the form.
The IRS has issued final regulations on mortality tables to be used for calculating required minimum distributions, which reflect longer life expectancies.
SECURE Act-based guidance from the IRS will allow for distributions of custodial accounts under rules similar to those that have been available for annuity contracts under a 403(b) plan.
The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500.
Retirement plan advisers were given ideas to consider and actions to take in response to new legislation, regulation and litigation.
Though many in the industry remain focused on addressing the challenges of the pandemic, major changes to the U.S. retirement planning landscape continue to unfold, thanks to the SECURE Act.
There are two proposed changes and the IRS also wants comments about the obligation of filing.