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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
In MarketBeat, Linda Segal Blinn discusses the mechanics of Internal Revenue Code Section 415(c); she writes that determining the 415(c) annual additions limit requires additional information if an individual contributes to more than one 403(b) product or participates in more than one defined... 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. Each product provider that offers 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether acceleration applies only to the timing of a distribution, frequency of distribution or both. 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 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
Preparing and fling the Form 5500 Series is one of the more onerous tasks associated with administering retirement plans. But one should resist the impulse to just sign the thing and get it all over with, argues a recent blog entry. In “The IRS Form 5500 – Look Before you Sign!” an entry in... 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 amount that an employer can... READ MORE
A self-employed minister who receives Forms 1099 is considered to be their own 501(c)(3) employer and could have contributions made into only a 403(b)(9) account. In Tech Talk, Susan Diehl tells us whether there is any benefit for him if he opens such an account. 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

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