403b Common Mistakes

Top Five Operational Errors of 403(b) Plans

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA Top Five Operational Errors of 403(b) Plans Oops! I did it again… No matter how hard we try, there are mistakes we are doomed to make again and again, even when we know the rules all too well. The reasons are valid, and they are countless: mindlessness, being in a rush, employee turnover, deadlines, distractions, … Continued

How Does the 403(b) Special 15-Year Catch-Up Contribution Work?

Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA Where have you worked, for how long, and how much have you contributed to the 403(b) plan? These are all the questions that make up the puzzle pieces necessary to compute each participant’s available 403(b) catch-up. Participants in a 403(b) plan can make an additional contribution once they have 15 years of service with … Continued

401(k), 403(b), 457(b): Why Are the Rules Different?

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA Why Ask Why? Why should the rules that determine how and how much a person can save for retirement be different depending on whether the person works for a government entity, a nonprofit, or a for-profit employer? People are people, and their retirement needs are not different based on what type of entity employs them. … Continued

Correcting Retirement Plan Eligibility Errors: Improper Exclusion Leads to Corrective Contributions

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA But They Got the Money in their Paycheck, Why Should They Get Even More? When an organization does not give employees the opportunity to make salary deferrals, or ignores their election to make salary deferral contributions, correcting the mistake in accordance with the IRS Correction Program called Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) can be … Continued

Proposed Revisions to Form 5500

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA There is Always Room for Improvement: Proposed Revisions to Form 5500 On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) (together “Agencies”) jointly announced a tri-agency notice of proposed forms revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report forms filed for employee pension … Continued


Posted By: Maria T Hurd, CPA, RPA Improved EPCRS : More Self-Correction Options Inside the Box Perfection is aspirational, especially when it comes to retirement plan administration. That is why 30 years ago, in 1991, the IRS created the EPCRS (Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System), a mechanism for plan sponsors to fix mistakes. Compliance with pre-approved correction methods grants plan … Continued

When the 5500 is Ready for SAS 136, but Your Auditor is Not

Posted By: Maria Hurd, CPA, RPA What Do You Check to Indicate Your Client’s Auditor Performed a Limited Scope Audit On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!, Or Don’t Go….It’s Up to You! The AICPA postponed the mandatory effective date of the new audit standard, SAS 136, until next year, but the DOL had already updated Form 5500 to incorporate the … Continued

BLS Presentations You May Want to Attend

  Maria Hurd, CPA, RPA, Christopher Ciminera, CPA, QKA,  and many members of our employee benefit plan audit team are highly sought after for speaking events. Here are a few upcoming speaking events that we thought you might be interested in attending. APRIL 19, 2021: Death, Taxes, and Retirement Plan Operational Failures – On April 19 from 2-2:45PM EST, Maria … Continued