COVID-19 news & guidance
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Provides Guidance on HSAs and Associated HDHPs, and Coverage of COVID-19 Testing
The IRS has issued Notice 2020-15, addressing requests made to the agency for health savings account (HSA)-related guidance as the nation responds to the challenges of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the U.S. and worldwide.
Industry & Regulatory NewsIRS Provides Additional Cafeteria Plan Flexibility in Response to Pandemic
The IRS has issued two notices that provide additional flexibility to participants in cafeteria plans as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Notice 2020-29
Industry & Regulatory NewsPresident Signs Paycheck Protection Program Extension Legislation
President Trump signed into law Friday, June 5, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, legislation that the Senate approved Wednesday night. The legislation extends elements of and makes certain other adjustments to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This Small Business Administration lending program was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help small employers meet payroll and other expenses as businesses and the nation deal with the economic effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Industry & Regulatory NewsPaycheck Protection Program Revised Interim Final Rule Issued
Scheduled for publication in next Tuesday’s Federal Register is a Small Business Administration (SBA) interim final rule on the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This guidance is being issued in response to enactment on June 5 of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, legislation that made enhancements to this SBA loan program intended to help small employers meet payroll and other expenses as they deal with the economic effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Industry & Regulatory NewsState of Savings: June 2020
Our proprietary data reveals how Americans changed their savings behaviors over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak as business and travel restrictions disrupted the U.S. economy. These insights serve as an early baseline for the evolution of savings plan contribution and withdrawal behaviors in response to the pandemic and subsequent passage of the CARES Act. We expect to see new trends emerge as financial markets continue to rebound and stabilize and as states across the nation gradually reopen their economies.
Industry & Regulatory NewsHouse Bill Would Extend, Expand Tax Benefits for CRDs
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 7645, legislation that would extend the time period for taxpayers to withdraw coronavirus-related distributions (CRDs) from retirement savings arrangements and receive the special tax benefits that CRDs provide. Certain withdrawals could be tax-free under the legislation.
Thought LeadershipHow Saver and Employer Behaviors Are Evolving in Response to COVID-19
Proprietary data from Ascensus reveals how U.S. employees shifted their savings behaviors in March 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak caused major disruption to the U.S. economy and financial markets.
Thought LeadershipState of Savings: December 2020
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt far and wide, both in the U.S. and globally. But what has it meant for tax-advantaged savings levels in vehicles such as retirement , 529, and health savings & flexible spending accounts? Our proprietary data, tracked over the course of 2020, reveal shifts in contribution and withdrawal behaviors by business owners and individuals in response to the financial challenges posed by the pandemic. Overall, these insights suggest a continued appreciation for the importance of savings and the ability to access these savings when needed.
Thought LeadershipState of Savings: August 2020
Our proprietary data reveals how individuals in the U.S. have changed their savings behaviors over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as business and travel restrictions disrupted our economy. Throughout the summer months, we've started to see some very early signs of recovery.
Thought LeadershipState of Savings: October 2020
Our proprietary data reveals how individuals in the U.S. have changed their savings behaviors over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as business and travel restrictions disrupted our economy.