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4 Key Changes to Creating and Maintaining Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Brought About by the SECURE Act

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, CPA on Mar 4, 2020 5:58:47 PM

Last spring, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would have made sweeping changes to the nation’s retirement system - but this legislation, known as the SECURE Act, failed to make it through the Senate.

At the end of last year, however, supporters of the SECURE Act added its provisions to a spending bill. This will result in a number of key changes to the rules for creating and maintaining employer-sponsored retirement plans, including the following:

1. Lower barriers to offering multiple employer plans (MEPs). MEPs are retirement plans created by two or more businesses that are unrelated to each other. Starting in 2021, the rules allowing unrelated businesses to form an MEP will be relaxed, making it easier for small businesses to offer these plans to employees.

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Topics: Employee Benefit Plans

Final Hardship Distributions Issued

Posted by Wende Wadsworth, Audit Shareholder on Feb 4, 2020 7:33:57 PM

In September, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final regulations that make a number of significant changes to the rules that apply to hardship distributions from 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans. These regulations respond to public comments that were made regarding earlier proposed regulations.

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Topics: Audit & Assurance, Employee Benefit Plans

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