Industry & Regulatory News
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 NewsSEC Adopts Amendments to Proxy Voting Advice Rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments that rescind two rules applicable to proxy voting advice businesses (PVABs) that were adopted in 2020. The 2020 rule imposed conditions on the availability of two exemptions from the proxy rules’ information and filing requirements. Those conditions require that
- Registrants that are the subject of proxy voting advice have such advice made available to them in a timely manner, and
- PVAB clients are provided with a means of becoming aware of any written responses by registrants to proxy voting advice
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Posts Draft 2022 Form 8889 for HSA Reporting
The IRS has released a draft 2022 tax year Form 8889, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Form 8889 is filed by taxpayers to report HSA contributions and associated tax deductions, HSA distributions, and any tax or penalty tax owed for distributions not used for qualified medical expenses.
Industry & Regulatory NewsLawsuit Filed in Another Cybertheft of Plan Assets
A plaintiff in a 401(k) plan sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Co. has filed a lawsuit against several parties after an unknown individual defrauded the plan of her entire $750,000 account. The plaintiff has named the plan sponsor, the recordkeeper Alight Solutions, and the plan trustee Mellon Bank, as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff alleges the parties breached their fiduciary duty by failing to safeguard her assets.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Releases Additional Guidance on Special Financial Assistance
The IRS has released Revenue Ruling 2022-13 on the applicability of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 432(b)(7) following a merger involving a multiemployer defined benefit (DB) plan that has received special financial assistance (SFA). IRC Sec. 432(b)(7) provides for deemed critical status for eligible multiemployer plans receiving SFA. If a multiemployer DB plan that has received SFA is merged into a multiemployer DB plan that has not received SFA, and the designated plan ongoing is the one that has not received SFA, is the ongoing plan deemed to be in Sec. 432(b)(7) critical status? The IRS holds that, in this case, when the ongoing plan after a merger was not the one that had received SFA prior to the merger, it is not deemed to be in Sec. 432(b)(7) critical status solely as a result of the merger.
Industry & Regulatory NewsPBGC Special Financial Assistance for Multiemployer Plans Final Rule Released
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has released a final rule outlining terms for underfunded multiemployer plans seeking special financial assistance (SFA) under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. ARP allows certain financially troubled multiemployer plans to apply for special financial assistance in accordance with rules developed by PBGC. The rule is scheduled to be published on July 8, 2022.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Posts Updated Publication 1179
The IRS has released the latest version of Publication 1179 (Revenue Procedure 2022-25), General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.
Some organizations, such as IRA trustees or custodians, may prefer to draft and use substitute forms rather than IRS-provided information return forms. In addition to specifications for properly creating substitute forms, the guidance addresses such issues as inclusion of logos, slogans, and advertisements, as well as penalties for information return filing failures, and delivery requirements.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Announces Midyear Increase to Standard Mileage Rates
Normally the IRS adjusts the standard mileage rates at the beginning of each year, but occasionally they announce changes at other times to correspond with current costs.
Industry & Regulatory NewsNew HSA Limits for 2023
On April 29, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2023 maximum amounts for high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts.