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2019 Year End Tax Planning for Business and Individuals

With the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changing the playing field in the tax realm, there are several approaches you may want to consider before year-end to help minimize your tax burden. Below are some of the. Read More >>

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Is This the End of the Limited Scope Audit?

In July, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) issued Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 136 – Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements of Employee Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA. These new standards will go into effect. Read More >>

Department of Labor Raises Pay Threshold for Exempt Workers to $35K

1.3 million American workers now eligible for overtime pay Earlier this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final overtime rule to make an additional 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. The ruling updates earning thresholds. Read More >>

Multiple Employer Plans: DOL Ruling May Provide U.S. Workers with Greater Access to Retirement Plans

Employer-sponsored retirement savings plans are a proven means for helping working Americans meet their financial needs after they exit the workforce. Some employers would like to offer their workers a retirement plan, but they’re discouraged by concerns related to. Read More >>

Employee Benefit Plan Seminar Takeaways: Audit & Accounting, Tax, Tech and Legal

In June, we hosted a seminar on the key items facing employee benefit plan administrators. Below are the top takeaways from the program. Changes on the Horizon: Accounting Standards & Audit Update SOC reports provide a deeper understanding of. Read More >>

Managing Cybersecurity Risks: 5 Steps to Protect Your Employee Benefit Plan NOW

News stories of large corporations becoming victims of cyber attacks have become ubiquitous. And while it may seem that large corporations are easy targets because of their size and significant data, employee benefit plans can just as easily be. Read More >>

Internal Control Essentials for Retirement Plans

When was the last time you closely examined your retirement plan’s internal controls? If the answer is “not sure” or “a while ago,” then there is no time like the present to conduct a thorough assessment on your internal. Read More >>

ERISA Compliance Year-End Checklist

Preparing a year-end checklist for your qualified retirement plan is a good way to help ensure your plan remains compliant with ERISA regulations throughout the year. A checklist can also serve as a valuable reminder of upcoming deadlines for. Read More >>

401(k) Plan Loans: What Are Employees’ Options When They Depart?

Employees who have outstanding 401(k) plan loans when they leave their job are sometimes faced with the difficult quandary of needing to repay the loan in full within 60 days of termination of employment. If the loan isn’t repaid. Read More >>

Your Company and Your Plan Participants – At Risk for Identity Theft?

News of commercial database hackings involving millions of people’s personal information seems commonplace. While many of these stories focus on bank and credit card accounts, many plan sponsors and participants don’t realize that 401(k) plan assets may be at. Read More >>

Why Conducting an Annual Benefit Plan Review is Critical

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) generally requires large employee benefit plans to have a yearly audit conducted. While the main purpose of the audit is to provide reasonable assurance that the plan’s financial statements are presented fairly in. Read More >>