Topic: Retirement Plans

The DOL’s Final Investment Advice Fiduciary Rule Is Here

In its latest attempt in a fourteen-year old quest to update the circa-1975 definition of a fiduciary who renders “investment advice for a fee or other compensation, direct or indirect” (an “investment advice fiduciary”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), on April 25, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “Department”) released final regulations (the “Final Rule”) defining an investment advice fiduciary, as well as amendments to several prohibited transaction class exemptions (“PTE”).  This post summarizes the key provisions of the Final Rule and the amendments to the PTEs.

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IRS Issues Guidance on Secure 2.0 – What Plan Sponsors Need to Know

In late December 2023, approximately one year after Congress enacted the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2022 (“SECURE 2.0”), the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Notice 2024-2 (the “Notice”) providing much needed guidance, in the form of questions and answers, on 12 of the 90 new provisions added by SECURE 2.0.

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IRS Announces 2024 Retirement Plan Limits: Modest Increases

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2024 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar ‎limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security ‎Administration announced its own cost-of-living adjustments for 2024. Most of the dollar ‎limits, including the elective deferral contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans, the ‎annual compensation limit under 401(a)(17) and the maximum annual contribution limit under ‎Code Section 415(c) will increase from 2023 limits. The dollar limit for catch-up contributions ‎‎(if age 50 or older) remains the same as the 2023 limit.‎

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SECURE 2.0: Two-Year Transition Relief Announced for Roth Catch-Up Contributions

Long-awaited guidance was received from the IRS on Friday related to the SECURE 2.0 ‎requirement that catch-up contributions for high-income participants in 401(k), 403(b), and ‎governmental 457(b) plans be made as Roth contributions. Notice 2023-62 provides for a 2-year ‎administrative transition period that will be welcome relief to retirement plan sponsors and ‎record keepers alike.

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IRS Proposes Regulations on Using Forfeitures in Qualified Retirement Plans

On February 27, 2023, the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) relating to forfeitures in tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Forfeitures generally arise when a participant terminates employment before completing the required service for full vesting of employer contributions under the terms of the plan.

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IRS Announces 2023 Retirement Plan Limits ‎–‎ Unprecedented Increases to All Limits

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2023 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar ‎limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security ‎Administration announced its own cost-of-living adjustments for 2023. All of the dollar limits, ‎including the elective deferral contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans, the ‎annual compensation limit under 401(a)(17), the maximum annual contribution limit under ‎Code Section 415(c) and the dollar limit for catch-up contributions (if age 50 or older) will ‎increase from 2022 limits.‎

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IRS Notice 2022-33 Extends Retirement Plan Amendment Deadlines

On August 3, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued IRS Notice 2022-33, which extends the ‎deadline for amending certain plans with the applicable requirements of the Setting Every ‎Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act), the Bipartisan ‎American Miners Act of 2019 (Miners Act), and one provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, ‎and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).‎

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IRS Announces 2022 Retirement Plan Limits – Most Limits Increase

The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2022 cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limitations for qualified retirement plans and other benefits, and the Social Security Administration announced its own cost-of-living adjustments for 2022.  Most of the dollar limits, including the elective deferral contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans, the annual compensation limit under 401(a)(17) and the maximum annual contribution limit under Code Section 415(c) will increase from 2021 limits.

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