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As the restatement process for 403(b) plans continues on, a familiar “vestige” of certain past practices of a major vendor continues to bubble its way to the top. That “vestige” is the 403(b) “Money Purchase Plan.” In MarketBeat, Robert Toth discusses such arrangements. READ MORE
An employee of a k-12 public school who has a 403(b)(7) took out a loan from his account, which he has paid back. He now wants to take a second loan; in Tech Talk, Susan Diehl addresses how the limit for that second loan is determined. 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 withdrawal restrictions... READ MORE
Tech Talk addresses who exactly can participate in a 403(b) plan. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The IRS on June 17 issued a third quarter update of its 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan. As in such previous such plans, retirement benefits are among the many areas in which the IRS plans to take action. In the update, the IRS also reports on progress in projects it has listed in the plan.The ‘To... READ MORE
All 403(b) plans require some level of administrative support. Prior to the issuance of the final 403(b) regulations, most ERISA-exempt 403(b) plan sponsors performed some tasks required to establish and support their 403(b) programs and the product providers acted under their respective annuity... 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 tip concerning... READ MORE
As summer draws to a close and a new school year starts, the authority of the Texas Teachers Retirement System (TRS) over 403(b) will end. HB 2820, which Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has signed into law, will change regulatory authority over the 403(b)s offered to public school teachers in Texas,... READ MORE
A law requiring school districts in Pennsylvania to have multiple financial institutions or pension management organizations for each 403(b) plan they sponsor, as well as investment option providers, will go into effect July 1. Act No. 5, enacted June 12, 2017, provides new state employees hired... 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. This is the second installment of a... READ MORE
There’s that old caution about being a day late, and a dollar short – well, the plaintiffs in an excessive fee suit were two days late – and missed a key date. The plaintiffs here were participants in the Georgetown University 403(b) plan – who had been soundly rebuffed in January by U.S. District... READ MORE
While many employers offer 403(b) plans to employees, most do not adequately educate the employees on the importance of retirement savings or promote participation in the 403(b) plan as a valuable employee benefit. Many fail to recognize the correlation between higher participation rates and... READ MORE

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