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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
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
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
Is there a requirement that for non-ERISA Section 403(b) or Section 457(b) loans, the interest rate on the loan must be prime plus 2%? In Tech Talk, Sue Diehl tells us. 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 following general concepts about... READ MORE
Problems may arise when employers change their plan’s TPA and do not notify the product providers, the plan participants or the former TPA. In the absence of such notification, all parties continue to interact with the former TPA, but plan transactions are not processed or approved. Delays occur,... READ MORE
A key member of Congress has reintroduced legislation that would permit 401(k), 403(b), SIMPLE and governmental 457(b) retirement plans to make matching contributions to workers as if their student loan payments were salary reduction contributions. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the... 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
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
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. Loans are an important feature in a... READ MORE
In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tell us whether a lump sum transfer from a top hat plan to another nongovernmental 457(b) would need to be delayed by 12 months if a plan requires a 12-month advance notice of any “method of payment” change (i.e., from installments to lump sum). READ MORE
A plan says that a participant’s initial election shall be in installments, but upon severance a participant wishes to transfer their amount to another non-governmental 457(b). In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether such a lump sum transfer request overrides the installment election or whether... READ MORE
A retirement plan offered under Internal Revenue Code Section 457(b) permits certain employers or employees to contribute money for retirement on a tax-deferred basis, subject to annual limits the IRS sets. In MarketBeat, John Iekel discusses a recent newsletter by a human resources and employee... READ MORE
In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether it is still the case that participants in non-governmental 457(b) top hat plans are allowed one election to change their benefit commencement date. 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. An integral element of the 403(b) and... READ MORE

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