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403b Plans

403b Plans

403b Plans

By John Iekel7/7/2014 • 0 Comments

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia allow charter schools. They tend to treat their benefits packages in the same way as a typical for-profit employer and not in the way a traditional K-12 school does. In MarketBeat, Diane D. Capone of Lincoln Investment writes that it is important to know who is working with charter schools in your area and to develop a relationship, including one with third party administrators, that will facilitate a 403(b) retirement plan and allow you to help in properly establishing and running a charter school’s retirement plan.  READ MORE

By John Iekel6/25/2014 • 0 Comments

The federal government, a purveyor of regulations and legislation, has set before the 403(b) community a veritable blue plate special — and one with a long shelf life to boot. NTSA President Susan Diehl of PenServ Services, Inc., outlined what’s on that plate at NTSA’s 403(b) Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

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By Steven Sullivan6/25/2014 • 0 Comments

Relying on the traditional methods for determining a client’s tolerance for risk can be risky in itself, according to Michael Kitces, speaking at the 2014 NTSA 403(b) Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 24. Kitces is a partner and director of research at the Pinnacle Advisory Group. READ MORE

By John Iekel6/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Simplified investment platforms are becoming more common for 403(b) plans, and target date funds are among the most widespread investment options, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America’s sixth annual 403(b) plan survey. The Principal Financial Group sponsored the study. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Have you made a mistake in administering your 403(b) plan? Does this mistake put you at risk of IRS action? If so, you are not alone — not only in the sense that others have made mistakes, but also because the IRS has updated its 403(b) Plan Fix-It Guide, a resource that tells plan sponsors how to identify errors in 403(b) administration and correct them. Equally important: the IRS also says how to avoid the mistake in the first place.  READ MORE

By John Iekel5/10/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS is auditing 403(b) plans — especially in light of the changes made to the 403(b) regulations in the last few years. In the latest Market Beat, Kimberly A. Flett points out that with the right amount of planning and proper administration, plan sponsors can avoid audit pitfalls and provide for an employer-sponsored plan that effectively meets IRS guidance and regulations. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/5/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS has rolled out its next 403(b) Compliance Check questionnaire, focusing on whether an employer whose 501(c)(3) nonprofit status was revoked still offers a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plan to its employees. READ MORE

By Fred Barstein4/19/2014 • 0 Comments

According to research by ING, plan participants who use TDFs are more confident about meeting their retirement goals. They also defer more and are less stressed. In an online survey of more than 1,000 plans conducted last September by ING, 54 percent of investors who chose TDFs said they are confident about meeting their retirement goals — compared with 41 percent of those who do not use TDFs. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/14/2014 • 0 Comments

It’s now easier for plan sponsors and employers to participate in the 403(b) pre-approved plan program.  April 14 was the effective date of IRS Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2014-28. The new guidance modifies guidance the IRS issued last year, Rev. Proc. 2013-22, to make it easier for a person to qualify as a pre-approved 403(b) plan sponsor and as a mass submitter.

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By Ronald Triche4/12/2014 • 0 Comments

The IRS, in Notice 2014-19 and related FAQs, says clearly that retirement plans — including 403(b) plans — have to recognize same-gender spouses and spells out how. The notice and FAQs, which the IRS issued April 4, are a follow-up on Revenue Ruling (Rev. Rul.) 2013-17, which provided general guidance on the tax implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor (the DOMA case). READ MORE

By John Iekel4/3/2014 • 0 Comments

Sponsors of 403(b) plans are more apt to offer a broad range of services and options, according to a study of defined contribution (DC) plans The 2013 Plansponsor Defined Contribution Survey found that 403(b) plan sponsors in many ways are more generous than their other DC plan counterparts. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/31/2014 • 0 Comments

In remarks at a recent conference on income inequality, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, may have tipped his hand on how he will treat employer-provided retirement plans, advocating the simplification and consolidation of “the array” of current retirement savings accounts. READ MORE

By John Ortman2/18/2014 • 0 Comments

Over the last 30 years we have seen unprecedented changes in retirement choices in the 403(b) marketplace. There have also been enhancements to help advisors communicate with clients and prospects. Are these changes helping or hurting you? How can you adapt your practice to utilize these tools and better communicate your message — without losing the personal touch? READ MORE

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