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Budget deal retirement savings provisions

February 11, 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA 2018), the budget deal recently negotiated by Congressional leadership and signed into law by President Trump on February 9, 2018, includes provisions easing 401(k) hardship withdrawal rules and creating a bipartisan committee to address the multiemployer plan crisis. Read More

DB funding and 2017 tax planning

January 28, 2018

With the passage of tax reform in December 2017 corporate tax rates are going down, from a top marginal rate of 35% in 2017 to 21% in 2018. This means that deductions taken in 2017 are generally worth more – as much as 14 percentage points more – than deductions taken in 2018. In this article we review the extent to which defined benefit plan sponsors may accelerate funding and increase their DB funding deduction for 2017, the possibility of a related reduction in PBGC variable-rate premiums, and strategies for managing the risk that such accelerated funding may generate a future plan surplus. Read More

PBGC finalizes regulation revising missing participant program

January 21, 2018

On December 22, 2017, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation published a final regulation revising its missing participant program for terminating defined benefit plans and extending it to terminating defined contribution plans. Read More

Current outlook – 2017 year in review

January 14, 2018

In this article we briefly review some of the retirement savings policy issues we covered in 2017 and provide links to previously published articles providing more detail. We begin with tax reform legislation and developments with respect to DOL’s fiduciary rule. Read More

Congress passes tax bill, President expected to sign

December 21, 2017

On December 19, 2017, the House and then the Senate approved HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” (Because of Senate procedural rules, the bill as passed by the Senate was, in three minor respects, different from the House bill and was sent back to the House for re-approval on December 20, 2017.) President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law Read More

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