Posted by Tyler Starr, CPA The most common error found during the audit of an employee benefit plan is the incorrect definition of compensation being used for contribution purposes. Whether the error is related to payroll coding issues or not fully understanding the plan provisions, plan compensation can be one of the biggest traps for plan sponsors, especially when employees … Continued
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Posted by Tyler Starr, CPA The IRS issued a private ruling on August 17, 2018, to allow an unnamed company to implement a new type of benefit for employees with student loan debt who were eligible to participate in its 401(k) plan. Prior to the private ruling, the company offered a 5% match contribution if employees contributed at least 2% … Continued
In late 2018, the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) voted to issue a final balloted draft of SAS 13X, which addresses the auditor’s responsibility to form an opinion and report on the audit of financial statements of employee benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
In my previous blog, “How to Order a Triple Stack Match for your Plan,” I discussed the basics of the triple stack match formula.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) resulted in major changes to the US income tax code.
There has been a lot of talk about changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Act) that President Trump signed last December.
In “The DOL can use large retirement plan filings to uncover missing welfare plan filings”, we discussed the importance of plan sponsors not forgetting to file a Form 5500 for their health and welfare plans when filing the annual Form 5500 for their retirement plan.
Delinquent 401(k) and 403(b) Deposits: Same Prohibited Transaction, But Only ONE is Subject to Penalties
With the October 15th deadline in the past and a majority of Form 5500s having been filed, many plan sponsors, auditors, and third-party administrators have breathed a sigh of relief.
Leveling Out ADP and ACP Tests with Refunds, QNECs/QMACs, Bottom-Up QNECs, or One-to-One Contributions
Discrimination. It’s a concept that most people don’t associate with retirement plan savings.
Will the Real Gross Wages Please Stand Up! (Gross Wages Aren’t On The W-2 Like You Thought They Were)
The use of the wrong definition of compensation is the most common error found in employee benefit plan audits, and it can be a very costly mistake to correct in accordance with the provisions of the IRS’ Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).