Universal Availability Audit Steps

Universal Availability Audit Steps

Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA Yes, the Audit Extends to Excluded 403(b) Employees: Testing Compliance with Universal Availability It’s never a good sign when an employer sponsoring a 403(b) plan says: “You don’t need to see backup for employees who are excluded from the plan.” Ohh! But we do! Not often, but sometimes, clients try to “school” us on … Continued

2022 Plan Limits

Posted By: Saaib T. Uppal, CPA, QKA IRS Announces Increases on Benefits and Contributions Dollar Limitations for 2022 The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments that should be noted for retirement planning purposes.   Below is a chart that outlines employee benefit plan limits for 2022   Plan Limits   RETIREMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY 2022 Limit 2021 Limit 2020 Limit Section … Continued

Quick Reference Guide to the Taxation of Retirement Plan Distributions

Posted By: Chris Ciminera, CPA, QKA A major benefit to employees who are participating in a qualified retirement plan is the deferral of taxes. Pre-tax deferrals, employer contributions, and the related earnings grow tax-free until the amounts are distributed from the plan. Unfortunately, when a participant takes a distribution upon retirement or an early distribution that is not rolled over, … Continued

“Give it BACK!!!”…”No!”…”OK, Keep It!”

Posted By: Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA What if the Participant Already Spent the Overpayment from the Plan?     Ineligible or excess distributions from qualified plans happen all the time. In our last 30 years of auditing retirement plans, our distribution tests have uncovered all the following ineligible or excess distributions:   Hardship reason not met: A participant doesn’t … Continued

Why Should Taking a Hardship Distribution be a Hardship?

Posted By: Maria T. Hurd, CPA Taking a hardship distribution should not be, in itself, a hardship to a participant going through challenging times, nor should it be an administration hardship to the employer trying to help. Although obtaining documentation to substantiate a hardship is not, in itself, difficult, missing hardship backup is one of the most common operational errors … Continued

Form 5500 Penalties Increased by How Much?

Posted By Maria Hurd, CPA The SECURE Act increased IRS Late Filing Penalties for Form 5500 by how much? How can I avoid them? IRS Penalties Tenfold. That’s how much the SECURE Act (the “Act”) increased the penalty for the late filing of a Form 5500 –TENFOLD! Before the Act, the IRS could assess a civil penalty of $25 for … Continued

Safe Harbor Match Notice Not Distributed

Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA Distributing a Safe Harbor Match Plan Notice Slipped Through the Cracks. What is the Correction? The barrage of changes introduced by the SECURE Act, closely followed by the CARES Act, along with furloughs, remote work, and all the work-life changes of pandemic year 2020 may have resulted in administrative errors in plan operations, such … Continued

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Under the SECURE Act

Posted by Maria T Hurd, CPA Updated November 11, 2020 The CARES Act gave us a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) holiday during 2020, but the SECURE Act’s new RMD rules will be back in 2021. How will the changing rules affect financial statement audits? RMDs under the SECURE ACT The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) … Continued

2021 Plan Limits – IRS Announces Increases on Benefits and Contributions Dollar Limitations

Posted by Saaib T. Uppal, CPA, QKA The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments that should be noted for retirement planning purposes. Below is a chart that outlines employee benefit plan limits for 2021: PLAN LIMITS RETIREMENT & SOCIAL SECURITY 2021 Limit 2020 Limit 2019 Limit Section 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) elective deferrals  $19,500  $19,500  $19,000 401(k) or 403(b) catch up contributions … Continued