Retirement Planning Articles
CARES Act Relaxes Qualified Plan and Employee Benefit Rules to Improve Cash Flow for Employer and Employees
Posted by Michael Grimaldi on April 13, 2020
The CARES Act includes several relief provisions for tax-qualified retirement plans, expands health care flexible spending accounts so funds can be used for over-the-counter items, clarifies some health insurance plan questions, and, through year-end, allows employers to reimburse employees for student loan payments tax-free. This alert explains those items.
Posted by D’Marie Murray on April 06, 2020
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. The financial markets have plummeted over the last month. But there's an upside for long-term investors: Low market values may provide a tax-smart opportunity to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This strategy is simple, but it's not right for everyone. Here are some factors to consider before you execute a Roth conversion in 2020.
Posted by Bryan Staniszewski on April 02, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic has had adverse effects on many industries. Both employers and employees are seeking ways to respond to financial stress resulting from the economic slowdown and financial market volatility. If your company's revenue has plummeted, you might be considering eliminating or scaling back your contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts. Here's what you should know before making any cuts.
Posted by Brian Kern on March 03, 2020
Getting divorced? You might want to divide your marital assets quickly and cut financial ties with your ex as soon as possible. But, when it comes to splitting up IRAs, 401(k) plan funds and other tax-favored retirement accounts, it's important to set up your divorce papers properly and follow the formalities of the settlement agreement to avoid potential tax-related pitfalls.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on February 11, 2020
Birthdays should be celebratory, not stressful, but some ages come with tax and financial consequences that require your attention. From birth to old age, you can't beat Father Time, but you and your loved ones can plan for these milestones.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on January 24, 2020
The SECURE Act contains a number of favorable provisions that will help Americans save more for retirement. However, the new law also contains an unfavorable provision that will affect nonspouse IRA beneficiaries who inherit accounts with substantial balances.
Posted by Cheryl A. Jankowski on January 20, 2020
On December 20, President Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Here are some changes that are most likely to affect individuals, including some that aren't related to retirement savings.
Posted by Bryan Staniszewski on January 17, 2020
The SECURE Act is landmark legislation that affects the rules for creating and maintaining workplace retirement plans for all employers (including for-profit and tax-exempt employers of all sizes). Whether you currently offer your employees a retirement plan (or are planning to do so), you should consider how these new rules may affect your current retirement plan (or your decision to create a new one).
Posted by Bryan Staniszewski on January 13, 2020
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was mainly intended to help individuals save more for retirement. But the new law also contains provisions that help simplify the administration of retirement plans for employers and allow more employees to participate in 401(k) plans.