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Paying their children’s expenses while caring for their parents, Gen X families are facing a precarious financial situation as they close in on retirement, a new report explains.   The study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which examines key financial indicators of Gen X... READ MORE
In MarketBeat, Nevin Adams discusses some things that he argues plan fiduciaries of any plan size should be aware, and of which responsible plan fiduciaries should have a working knowledge. READ MORE
Pension plans managed by religious organizations in Rhode Island now must provide regular updates to participants on the financial health of the plans. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed a measure on July 2 setting that requirement into law. House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick)... READ MORE
In June 2009, the National Tax Deferred Accounts Association (NTSA) organized and sponsored the first NTSA 403(b) Compliance Resolution Summit (Summit) to address the pervasive service issues in the 403(b) marketplace. Several 403(b) product providers (vendors), third party administrators (TPAs),... 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. The final 403(b) regulations created... READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses who exactly can participate in a 403(b) plan. READ MORE
More than 20 years after the last such overhaul, on July 1 President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation to revamp the Internal Revenue Service. The newly enacted Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (H.R. 3151) overhauls the IRS’ operations and tax administration systems and implements new taxpayer... READ MORE
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued an exposure draft of a statement intended to enhance reporting for Section 457 plans. Proposed Statement on 457 Plans that Meet the Definition of a Pension Plan and Supersession of GASB Statement 32 is intended to enhance the relevance... READ MORE
The Oregon Retirement Savings Board (ORSB) now may partner with other states in providing services similar to those offered by OregonSaves, the Beaver State’s the state-run auto-IRA program for private-sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. On June 27, Gov. Kate Brown (D)... 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. Following is a discussion of... READ MORE
Cyber threats morph and evolve as quickly as the technology and data they compromise. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses what speakers at SPARK’s national conference in Falls Church, VA suggested regarding ways to protect against them. READ MORE
In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether a 501(c)3 ministry that is setting up a new 403(b) plan and wants to give an annual discretionary contribution to the director of the center would be required to also contribute to all employees.   READ MORE
CalSavers, the state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees in the Golden State whose employers do not offer a retirement plan, was formally launched on July 1. State Treasurer Fiona Ma and former Sen. Kevin de León (D) launched CalSavers at a ceremony at the State Treasurer’s Office. De... READ MORE
Making it possible for participants to take a loan from their retirement accounts is a common plan feature. But it also is not unusual for mistakes to be made concerning those loans. A recent article, as well as the IRS, offer some suggestions regarding how to identify and fix them, as well as... READ MORE
While most employers have adopted 403(b) plan documents, many have not shared those documents with the product providers, the financial representatives servicing the plan participants, the plan participants and in some cases, the plan administrator. Marketplace Issues This creates problems... 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. Following is a discussion of tax-free... READ MORE
Tech Talk discusses what universal availability is and what it requires. READ MORE
In MarketBeat, David Blask offers a discussion of how to handle distributions upon attaining age 59½; severance of employment; and due to death and disability. READ MORE
July 1 is the registration deadline for the next wave of employers for the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, a retirement savings vehicle for private sector employees in Illinois who do not have access to an employer-sponsored plan. Employers with 100-499 employees must register with the... READ MORE
The House Ways & Means Committee has voted to extend a vast array of individual and corporate tax provisions, including special disaster-related rules for use of retirement funds. Disaster Relief Assistance The Committee late June 20 approved the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act... READ MORE

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