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Would You Like a Latte With that 401(k) Deferral?

SECURE 2.0 Permits Small Financial Incentives to Encourage Plan Enrollment Effective immediately under a provision of the recently-passed SECURE 2.0 retirement reform legislation, employers may offer their employees gift cards or other “de minimis financial incentives” for enrolling in a 401(k) plan.  This post sets forth some compliance points for this new incentive opportunity. Expanding access to retirement plans is one of the overriding goals of SECURE 2.0 (set forth in Division T of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023).  Many employers would like to be able to encourage employees to save for retirement…

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Five SECURE 2.0 Changes Impacting Non-Profit Employers

On December 29, 2022 President Biden signed into law H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that will keep the federal government funded for the 2023 fiscal year.  Of the many provisions in the massive bill, Division T, the SECURE Act of 2022, contains close to 400 pages of far-reaching changes affecting retirement plans and IRAs.  Commonly referred to as SECURE 2.0, it builds upon and adds to retirement plan provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE 1.0) which was…

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The Unsung Importance of Self-Correction Memos

Self-correction of operational errors arising in qualified retirement plans is a critical means for plan sponsors to retain their plans’ tax-qualified status. Self-correction has been promoted by the Internal Revenue Service as part of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, or EPCRS, for approximately twenty years, but the rules for self-correction have evolved over that time period, and some essential requirements of self-correction are still little understood. One recommended component of self-correction that can tend to be overlooked is preparation of a self-correction memo. Below I describe what a self-correction memo is, and…

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“I am a benefits (ERISA) attorney. I help businesses prevent, and fix, problems with their employee benefit plans in order to preserve the tax-qualified status of those plans, and ultimately the saleability of their businesses.”
-Christine P. Roberts

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Mullen & Henzell L.L.P.
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