Retirement News for Employers
July 31, 2015 Edition
The IRS and Treasury intend to amend the minimum distribution regulations for defined benefit plans to generally prohibit the replacement of ongoing annuity payments with a lump sum payment or any other form of accelerated payment.
Employee Plans email questions - Beginning October 1, Employee Plans will no longer accept technical questions through email or from Customer Account Services.
Changes to the Employee Plans Determination Letter Program - Starting in 2017, the IRS will eliminate the staggered remedial amendment cycles and limit the scope of the determination letter program for individually designed plans.
July 6, 2015 Edition
IRS Nationwide Tax Forums – Attend retirement plans session on SEP and SIMPLE IRA plans
Form 5500 series:
- Changes to Forms 5500 for 2014 – Form 5500 line items
- Penalty Relief Program for Form 5500-EZ Late Filers
- Use participants’ correct compensation for SEP contributions
- Revised procedures remind plan sponsors they have flexibility in handling overpayment errors
- Sponsoring a 403(b) plan - make sure you have your 501(c)(3) status or meet another eligibility requirement
- New lower fees for correcting some plan errors
Retirement savings tips:
- Mark your calendar – retirement plan deadlines
April 2, 2015 Edition
Print version of newsletter (.pdf)
Understanding your CP 214 notice – answers to common questions on Form 5500-SF or 5500-EZ filing requirements
Include all eligible employees in your 403(b) plan – how to correct failing the universal availability rule
Self-employed individuals – you must use a special rule to calculate your own retirement plan contribution and deduction
Start a SEP retirement plan for 2014 – you can still take a deduction if you fund your SEP by the due date of your 2014 business tax return (including extensions)
Keep documentation for hardship distributions and plan loans
Retirement plan distributions to foreign persons require withholding
Mark your calendar – upcoming retirement plan deadlines
DOL Corner – news from Department of Labor
IRS Tax Tip – still time to contribute to an IRA for 2014
IRA limits – for contributions and deductions
SEP Plan Fix-It Guide
Publication 3998 (12-2014), Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business
Publication 4284 (2-2015), SIMPLE IRA Plan Checksheet
Publication 4285 (2-2015), SEP Plan Checksheet
Publication 4286 (2-2015), SARSEP Checklist
Publication 4334 (10-2014), SIMPLE IRA Plans for Small Businesses
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