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A 501(c)3 ministry has a main office and 12 chapters throughout the state, all of which operate under the same employer identification number (EIN). In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether one could set a plan up under the main entity and have the chapters as participating employers, or whether... READ MORE
  The key Senate committee with jurisdiction over retirement tax policy issues is turning its attention to reviewing proposals that encourage and facilitate retirement savings.  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has announced that the Committee will hold a... READ MORE
The IRS and Treasury are seeking comments concerning the way the Form 5500-EZ is filed. The IRS says that it plans to make the Form 5500-EZ available on the EFAST2 for direct electronic filing instead of using Form 5500-SF. The Forms 5500 and 5500-SF are filed electronically through the web-based... READ MORE
The pressure to live a secure retirement has led to some counterintuitive views about just what will help workers get themselves there.  While 66% of American workers are still planning to supplement their personal savings with income from Social Security, 42% also don’t believe Social Security... READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is an occasional feature in the NTSA Advisor. It is drawn from The Source, a book that covers technical, compliance, administrative and marketing aspects of the 403(b) and 457(b) markets. More information about The Source is available here. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p)... READ MORE
The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), part of the American Retirement Association (ARA), is giving retirement plan sponsors at nonprofit organizations an opportunity to participate in, and receive benchmarking data from, its annual 403(b) Benchmarking Survey. Embarking on its second decade,... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent blog entry that focuses on whether or not to outsource, and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of decisions about how a retirement plan’s funds are to be invested. READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses whether a 403(b) plan that has vendors holding money but does not have any current contributions needs to update its 403(b) document as a part of the new restated plan document requirement. READ MORE
The plaintiffs in an excessive fee case have managed to keep their case alive on appeal – in a case that also has an intriguing dissenting opinion. The suit was not only one of the first of the university 403(b) excessive fee suits to be filed, the district court decision, in favor of the... READ MORE
The IRS has announced the expansion of areas for issuing determination letters for certain retirement plans.  Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2019-20 issued May 1, details two new issues for which retirement plan sponsors may now request determination letters: Statutory Hybrid Plans – plan... READ MORE
Under questioning at a May 1 hearing on Capitol Hill, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta appeared to confirm that the Department of Labor will issue a new fiduciary rule.  Acosta appeared before the House Education and Labor Committee for a hearing to examine the policies and priorities of the... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, John Iekel looks at the Congressional Research Service's updated report on the Social Security retirement age, which discusses trends concerning and affecting that threshold and how that age may relate to addressing the challenges facing the Social Security system. READ MORE
With the recent release of the Social Security Trustees’ 2019 report, there appears to be a renewed focus on Social Security and “stabilizing” the nation’s retirement plan.  Before efforts are made to stabilize Social Security, a hard question must be addressed. As currently designed, is the... READ MORE
Charter schools were introduced as a concept in the 1970s. They expanded with the success of a charter school program in Philadelphia in the 1980s, and now are in nearly 90% of the states. And they affect more than students and teachers — they also have implications for the retirement savings of... READ MORE
A county sponsors a 457(b) governmental plan and is asking questions concerning eligibility of those in elected positions to participate. In Tech Talk, Sue Diehl tells us whether there is any guidance concerning whether they can participate and receive any future discretionary matching dollars. READ MORE
Editor’s Note: This is an occasional feature in the NTSA Advisor. It is drawn from The Source, a book that covers technical, compliance, administrative and marketing aspects of the 403(b) and 457(b) markets. More information about The Source is available here. Too often, the “cost of a loan” is... READ MORE
The Treasury Department and the IRS welcome comments about what should be included in their 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan. The plan will identify guidance projects that the Treasury and the IRS intend to work on during the 12-month period from July 2019 to July 2020. They made the announcement... READ MORE
After extensive litigation, lengthy discovery, and protracted arm’s-length negotiations with the assistance of a national mediator, the parties in an excessive fee suit have announced the terms of their settlement agreement – and once again, it's about more than lost money. Specifically,... READ MORE
If you’re like me, when I hear the word “networking,” I get a little nervous. It brings up visions of women frantically sticking their business cards in my face and giving me their elevator pitches at some organized luncheon. I prefer the terms, “connecting and collaborating”, because that is what... READ MORE
In a major victory for the advocacy efforts of the American Retirement Association, the IRS has expanded its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPRCS) self-correction program (SCP). The American Retirement Association (ARA) on April 4, 2018 had submitted a comment letter to the IRS to... READ MORE