Industry & Regulatory NewsWashington Pulse: New Coronavirus Law Provides Retirement Plan and Healthcare Relief
With virtually every part of the U.S. economy facing unexpected financial challenges from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has passed the largest relief package in U.S. history. Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is designed to assist the millions of Americans affected by the outbreak. The legislation has multiple provisions that affect retirement and health savings arrangements.
Industry & Regulatory NewsRetirement Spotlight: DOL Releases Additional Investment Advice Guidance
Objective investment advice. Simple concept, right? And most everyone agrees that every saver and retirement investor is entitled to this. But ensuring that individuals have access to objective investment advice is easier said than done. In fact, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been trying to make this happen since the 1970s, when it first released a five-part test to help determine whether investment professionals owed their clients a duty to provide objective advice.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Q&A Clarifies Partial Plan Termination During COVID-19 Pandemic
The IRS released a five-part Q&A on the temporary partial plan termination rules for qualified retirement plans in accordance with the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the Act). Generally, there is a presumption that a partial plan termination has taken place when an employer’s turnover rate is at least 20 percent during the plan year. Partial plan termination requires those participants covered under the portion of the plan that is terminated to be fully vested.
Industry & Regulatory NewsWashington Pulse: Department of Labor Releases Cybersecurity Guidance
Recent cyberattacks have gotten a lot of attention. Some of these hacks have created turmoil through a broad swath of the business community. But another widespread menace threatens our financial security. In fact, even as you read this, the global threat of cybercrime continues around the clock as criminals try to steal retirement plan assets.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Publication Provides Some Details on Beneficiary Rules and CRD Repayments
The 2020 tax year version of IRS Publication 590-B, Distributions From Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs),reflects the following noteworthy updates pursuant to the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES), and Consolidated Appropriations Acts.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Releases Additional Prohibited Transaction Exemption Guidance
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued two pieces of guidance on its new fiduciary advice prohibited transaction exemption, PTE 2020-02. The first piece is titled, “Choosing the Right Person to Give You Investment Advice: Information for Investors in Retirement Plans and Individual Retirement Accounts,” which is intended to educate retirement savers about considerations when choosing a potential advisor. The second piece of guidance, which is briefly highlighted further below, is titled, “New Fiduciary Advice Exemption: PTE 2020-02 Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees,” and is a detailed set of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Releases Cybersecurity Guidance for Plan Sponsors, Fiduciaries, Service Providers, and Participants
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today released a three-part guidance package on cybersecurity for plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, service providers, and participants. This guidance comes on the heels of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on cybersecurity risks for retirement plans released earlier this year. An EBSA news release accompanies the guidance release.
Industry & Regulatory NewsDOL Issues Additional COBRA Premium Assistance Guidance Under ARPA
In response to the requirements under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to provide model notices and additional guidance in relation to COBRA premium assistance, the Department of Labor has issued model notices and frequently asked questions (FAQs). The FAQs confirm the following.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Confirms Tax Filing Extension and Announces Postponed IRA, HSA Contribution Deadline
The IRS has issued Notice 2021-21, in which the IRS makes official the previously announced delay of the April 15, 2021 federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year to May 17, 2021. This delay is a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Emergency Declaration issued in March 2020.
Industry & Regulatory NewsAdeyemo Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Wally Adeyemo has been confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury after the Senate approved him in a bipartisan voice vote. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved his nomination in March before the Senate floor vote.