Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Provides Amendment Guidance
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2021-37, providing procedures for the issuance of opinion letters and the timing requirements of remedial amendment periods for Cycle 2 approvals of 403(b) plans. The guidance aligns the 403(b) pre-approval process with the 401(a) process in several ways.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Hurricane Ida Victims in Louisiana and Neighboring States
The IRS has issued news releases IR-2021-175 and LA-2021-04 announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Hurricane Ida victims in Louisiana. The tax relief postpones various tax filing deadlines that began August 26, 2021. Affected individuals and households who reside or have a business anywhere in the state of Louisiana, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines qualify for relief. This relief will be automatically granted to taxpayers in Ida-impacted locations in neighboring states designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual or public assistance.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for California Wildfire Victims
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for California wildfire victims. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that began on July 14, 2021. Affected individuals and households that reside or have a business in Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Plumas counties, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines qualify for relief.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Issues Deadline Relief for Tennessee Severe Storms and Flooding Victims
The IRS has issued a news release announcing the postponement of certain tax-related deadlines for Tennessee victims of severe storms and flooding. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that began on August 21, 2021. Affected individuals and households that reside or have a business in Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys counties, as well as taxpayers with records located in the covered area that are needed to meet covered deadlines qualify for relief.
Industry & Regulatory NewsGAO Reports on 401(k) Fee Information
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report titled “401(K) Retirement Plans – Many Participants Do Not Understand Fee Information, but DOL Could Take Additional Steps to Help Them”. The GAO analyzed survey responses from 1,004 401(k) plan participants and found that nearly 40 percent of respondents do not fully understand the fee information found in fee disclosures required to be provided to participants. Further, the GAO determined that 45 percent of participants cannot use the information provided in disclosures to determine the cost of their investment, and 41 percent of participants falsely believed they had no 401(k) plan fees.
Industry & Regulatory NewsBill Would Provide Permanent Retirement Distribution Relief for Federal Disasters
Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced legislation that would make permanent certain rules for distributions and loans from retirement plans and IRAs in connection with federally declared disasters. This legislation is intended to aid victims by providing consistent treatment of and improving response times associated with disaster relief.
Industry & Regulatory NewsWashington Pulse: IRS Makes Important Changes to Plan Correction Program
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2021-30, which contains significant updates to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). Employers use EPCRS to correct certain retirement plan qualification failures so that they can continue to maintain a tax-favored retirement plan. EPCRS consists of the Self-Correction Program (SCP), the Voluntary Correction Program (VCP), and the Audit Closing Agreement Program (Audit CAP). Rev. Proc. 2021-30 supersedes the previous EPCRS guidance (in Rev. Proc. 2019-19) and affects each of these three programs.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSeries of Retirement Security Bills Reintroduced
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced four bills in the Senate this week designed to address retirement security.
Industry & Regulatory NewsPlans Retroactively Adopted Under SECURE Act Do Not Have to File 2020 Form 5500
The IRS stated in its August 6, 2021 edition of the Employee Plans newsletter that employers that adopt retirement plans during the 2021 tax year, but before their 2020 tax filing deadline (including extensions) and elect to treat the plan as effective as of the last day of the 2020 tax year, as permitted by the SECURE Act, are not required to file a Form 5500 series for the 2020 tax year.
Industry & Regulatory NewsRetirement Spotlight: IRS Finalizes Mandatory 60-Day Postponement Period for Federally Declared Disasters
The average number of natural disasters continues to rise. As a result, Congress and the IRS have tried to keep pace by providing relief for those affected by major disasters and emergencies. In December 2019, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 amended Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sec. 7508A by requiring a new mandatory 60-day postponement period for certain tax-related acts following a federally declared disaster. To help clarify the new rule, the IRS issued final regulations in June 2021. The regulations 1) explain how the new mandatory 60-day postponement period is determined, and 2) clarify how the term “federally declared disaster” is defined under IRC Sec.165.