Articles Tagged - EmployeeBenefitPlans

What Type of 401(k) Plan Document Do I Have and When Do I Need to Update it?

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson When you establish your company’s 401(k) plan, you have to make a range of decisions, from the type of plan and investment tools you’ll offer to participation requirements and guidelines. Once you’ve done this, you need to put it in writing. This is your plan document, a mandatory part of your plan that details its provisions and clearly communicates them to participants. There are three levels of plan documents: Prototype. This off-the-shelf version of a plan docum... read more.

When 401(k) Loans are Considered to be in Default

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Laura Zindel Taking out a 401(k) loan can seem like a relatively simple way to borrow money. It is a very common practice, but many employees who borrow from their plans aren’t prepared for the financial consequences of doing so if a loan ends up in default. The most common reason for defaulting on a 401(k) loan is the loss of a job. If the employee loses his or her job, the plan document rule requires that any outstanding loan balance must be repaid within a certain timeframe, based on when the... read more.

How IRS Revenue Protocol 2016-37 Will Impact Retirement Plans

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Cindy Sandomenico  Approved in June 2016, IRS Revenue Protocol 2016-37 alters the way individually designed retirement plans must file amendments and submit determination letters to the IRS. This will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. Previously, retirement plans were subject to a five-year cycle involving remedial and formal adoption of amendments, and submission of determination letters every five years, regardless of whether the plan was amended. This process was time-consuming for both plan sponsors... read more.

How Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Could Impact Your Filing Requirements

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Wiss Associate If your company has an employee benefit plan, you should be familiar with IRS Form 5500, the form you use to report activity regarding your retirement and welfare plans. On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed revisions to Form 5500 and the related schedules in an effort to promote more thorough monitoring of plans by employers, fiduciairies, participants and, of course, the DOL. Here are some of the changes and how they could significantly increase the annual repor... read more.