Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Island of St. Croix, U.S. VI Water Shortage
The IRS has announced the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for victims of a water shortage and health impact from unprecedented sargassum seagrass influx on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The tax relief postpones various tax-filing deadlines that began July 15, 2022. Affected individuals and households who reside or have a business on the Island of St. Croix, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines, qualify for relief.
Industry & Regulatory NewsTemporary Waiver of RMDs Proposed in House
July 19, 2022 - Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) has introduced HR 8331, a bill that would provide for a suspension of required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement plans and IRAs for the 2022 calendar year.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Proposed Amendment for QPAM Exemptions Has Left OMB
A Proposed Rule titled “Proposed Amendment to PTE 84-14 for Plan Asset Transactions Determined by an Independent Qualified Plan Asset Manager” (QPAM) has left the Office of Management and Budget—suggesting that official release may come soon.
ERISA generally prohibits a number of transactions between a plan and a “party in interest”—including fiduciaries and those providing services to the plan—unless an exemption is granted. PTE 84-14 is a class exemption regarding certain transactions between a party in interest with respect to an employee benefit plan and an investment fund that is managed by a QPAM. An employee benefit plan includes an employee welfare benefit or pension benefit plan, a trust defined under IRC. Secs. 401(a) or 403(a), IRAs, HSAs, MSAs, and ESAs. QPAMs are independent fiduciaries that are a bank, savings and loan, insurance company, or registered investment advisor meeting certain asset/net worth thresholds.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSenate Finance Committee Advances EARN Act
The Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing today to consider the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act. The bill was unanimously approved out of committee with one minor amendment. While text of the bill has not yet been made available, details of a summary released by the committee were previously announced. During the hearing, several other amendments were discussed and, while not included, many had broad support and could be included in the final full Senate version of the bill.
Industry & Regulatory NewsCollege Savings Rollovers to Roth IRAs Proposed
Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) have introduced the College Savings Recovery Act, to allow families to transfer unused funds in their college savings 529 accounts into a Roth IRA. The College Savings Recovery Act was originally included as part of Senator Burr’s Boost Savings for College Act proposed in 2017.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for New Mexico Victims of Wildfires and Straight-Line Winds
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for victims of wildfires and straight-line winds in New Mexico. The tax relief postpones various tax filing deadlines that began April 5, 2022.
Industry & Regulatory NewsLegislation to Encourage 529 Plan Savings Introduced
May 3, 2022 - Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced S. 4103, the Helping Parents Save for College Act. The bill would provide low- and middle-income parents with a tax credit for contributions to 529 education savings accounts by expanding the Saver’s Credit. The credit would be worth up to 50 percent of 529 account contributions, with a maximum credit of $2,000 for low-and-middle income families.
Additionally, the proposal would allow plan beneficiaries to move excess funds from the 529 account to a Roth IRA without penalty, so long as the account was maintained for a 10-year period at the time of the distribution. This would alleviate concerns of adverse tax consequences if funds are not used for college. The amount eligible for rollover to a Roth IRA is limited to the lesser of the annual Roth contribution limit or the aggregate amount contributed to the program before the five-year period ending on the date of the distribution.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Releases Revised 2021 Publication 590-B
April 29, 2022 - The IRS has issued a revised 2021 Publication 590-B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). The updated publication appears to correct several errors in the life expectancy tables found in Appendix B. The 2021 tax year publication reflects new life expectancy and distribution period tables that are applicable to distribution calendar years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Launches Roundtable Discussions on Retirement
The Department of Labor (DOL) has kicked off what is to be a series of roundtable discussions on how to improve retirement security for workers. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the Secretary’s representative for pensions and retirement, joined several state officials, trade group representatives, educators, and others in New York City to review current retirement security policies.
In the coming months, Kennedy Townsend will host similar discussions around the country to promote retirement security reform and open a dialogue between various stakeholders. Topics of focus will include encouraging automatic enrollment, improving portability of benefits as workers move from job to job, and leveraging affordable lifetime income options.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRA Bankruptcy Exemption Increases
Effective April 1, 2022, the maximum aggregate bankruptcy exemption amount for IRAs increased from $1,362,800 to $1,512,350. This exemption amount is subject to cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), having risen from an initial exemption limit of $1,000,000 as enacted within the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Public Law 109-8. The limitation is reviewed every three years and increased if COLA measures warrant. There is no maximum exemption for assets accumulated in employer-sponsored retirement plans.