Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA For 403(b) plan eligibility determinations, the IRS says that “Once In, Always In” is much better than “In and Out,” so are your part-time employees “In or Out” or “In and Out”? Part-time workers and transient workers have always posed a challenge for plan sponsors trying to determine retirement plan eligibility. For 403(b) … Continued
The SECURE Act’s Long Term, Part-Time Employees Eligibility Rules: the Good, the Bad, and the Questions
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA The SECURE Act’s provisions that encourage retirement savings and increase coverage and participation could reduce an estimated retirement savings shortfall of $3.8 trillion dollars by 3%, which does not sound like much percentage-wise, but it amounts to more than one hundred billion dollars: an unquestionably good result. However, just as bad situations tend … Continued
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA In pandemic times, employer contributions to retirement plans are not immune to cost-cutting initiatives, as corporate cash flows and liquidity dwindle. However, discontinuing discretionary contributions does not always eliminate all employer contribution requirements, and it is important for employers to anticipate and budget for any contributions that cannot be eliminated. Discretionary Profit Sharing, … Continued
How do the new Required Minimum Distribution rules under the SECURE Act affect financial statement audits?
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA The New Law The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) changed the age at which non-5% owners who have terminated employment with a retirement plan sponsor must take required minimum distributions (RMD). Participants who reach age 70½ after 2019 must take their first RMD by the April 1 of the … Continued
How does the SECURE Act allow Penalty-Free Distributions from Retirement Plans for Childbirth or Adoption Expenses?
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA Updated 3.26.2020 Children are a financial hardship!!! The IRS has finally recognized it by adding a new type of penalty-free distribution from defined contribution retirement plans: the Qualified Birth or Adoption Distribution (QBOAD), effective January 1, 2020. The new provision is optional, so plan sponsors will need to amend their plans to permit … Continued
Could Inclusion of Long-Term, Part-Time Employees under the Secure Act Trigger a Financial Statement Audit?
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA Large Plans Require Financial Statement Audits Generally, plans with at least 100 participants on the first day of the plan year must engage an independent qualified public accountant to perform an audit of the plan’s financial statements. The audit report, financial statements, note disclosures, and supplementary schedules are filed as an attachment to … Continued