Posted by Christopher J. Ciminera, CPA, QKA On Tuesday, April 28 my blog, “How Do I Correct Late Salary Deferral Deposits?,” was posted. Coincidentally, the very next day the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 was posted. In this notice, the EBSA provides relief to plan sponsors regarding the possibility of lags in deposits due to the recent … Continued
Posted by Christopher J. Ciminera, CPA, QKA Update – April 29, 2020 On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) also posted a Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01. In this notice, the EBSA provides relief to plan sponsors regarding the possibility of lags in deposits due to the recent COVID-19 issues which was addressed in my blog below. … Continued
Coronavirus-Related Distributions are NOT “Eligible Rollover Distributions” but They Can be Rolled Over
Posted By Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA Coronavirus-Related Distributions are NOT “Eligible Rollover Distributions,” but They Can be Rolled Over: What Withholding Rate Applies? To address the novel Coronavirus, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) has created a novel type of distribution from retirement plans: the Coronavirus-Related Distribution (“CRD”). It is a “rolloverable” distribution that … 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
Posted by Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA Every year, retirement plan audit season starts in early April, shortly after discrimination tests are complete and audit packages for the more straightforward plans become available. Human resources managers, payroll managers, and chief financial officers at the plan sponsor collaborate to provide the auditor with payroll, personnel data, and financial backup needed for … 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
Posted By Maria T. Hurd, CPA, RPA Our Benefit Plan Audit Team, as well as the entire BLS CPA Team, is continuously monitoring the rapidly changing landscape in an effort to provide you with updates related to legislative relief or changes that may affect you, your business, or your clients. As provisions or changes directly related to benefit plans occur, … 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
Posted by Christopher J. Ciminera, CPA, QKA A major change that comes with the passage of the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act is a substantial increase in the penalty amounts imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a retirement plan’s failure to file a return. The increased penalty is part of a provision designed to … Continued