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Supplemental Benefit Planning for Tax-Exempt Employers

Tax-exempt employers face a matrix of tax and disclosure issues in designing an appropriate supplement retirement program. This resource intends to examine the income tax, payroll tax and Form 990 reporting aspects of the major plans currently available to tax-exempt employers, and review those major plans from the reference point of several major design considerations. Continue Reading.

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IRS to Begin Compliance Checks of Non-governmental Section 457(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code), permits governmental and tax-exempt entities to sponsor tax-advantaged retirement plans meeting the Code Section 457(b).  Although governmental Section 457(b) Plans primarily operate and act like Code Section 401(k) plans and Code Section 403(b) Plans (i.e., a “qualified” retirement plan).  Section 457(b) plans maintained by tax-exempt entities must be “top-hat”  plans, thereby limiting participation to a select group of highly-compensated individuals and management employees.  Numerous non-profits sponsor Section 457(b) Plans as a means of providing additional nonqualified deferral opportunities for their highly-compensated executives.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to take a closer look at these arrangements, announcing recently that it would begin conducting “compliance checks” of Section 457(b) Plans maintained by non-governmental entities (e.g., health systems, educational institutions,...

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IRS to Begin Compliance Checks of Non-Governmental Section 457(b) Plans

by Mary K. Samsa, Todd A. Solomon and Joseph K. Urwitz The Internal Revenue Service recently announced it was conducting “compliance checks” of Section 457(b) plans. This newsletter discusses what those compliance checks involve as well as the steps Section 457(b) plan sponsors should take given this announcement. To read the full article, click here.

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