Top Hat Plans: What Executives and Organizations Need to Know

Top Hat Plans: What Executives and Organizations Need to Know…and Why

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

This past January, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its initial findings after conducting a review of executive retirement plans, specifically, top hat plans. The study came in response to a request filed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (Oregon), Bernie Sanders (Vermont), and Patty Murray (Washington).

This article looks at 1.) the GAO’s report; 2.) the final rulings by the U.S. District Court in the class action lawsuit of Berry v Wells Fargo & Co; and, 3.) the implications of both on Top Hat plans in general.

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Deadline for RMD Rollback Under CARES Act is August 31

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

Taxpayers who have already taken their required minimum distribution, RMD, for 2020, have the option for an RMD Rollback under the CARES Act if taken by August 31, 2020. The intention of this option is to provide tax relief for those who took their required RMD prior to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act becoming law on March 27, 2020 and wish to ‘undo’ their action.

the publication explains the new provisions which allow enhanced access to plan loans and plan distributions. 

CARES Act Guidance for Plan Sponsors and Participants Updated

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

On June 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated and clarified issues of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) guidance for plan sponsors and plan participants. Issued as Notice 2020-50 (“Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans from Retirement Plans Under the CARES Act,”) the publication explains the new provisions which allow enhanced access to plan loans and plan distributions. 

Separation from service under 409A

Defining “Separation from Service” under Section 409A

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

The atypical circumstances of recent months have created new situations most organizations have not previously faced. Every employer needs a clear understanding of which workforce reduction circumstances could constitute a “separation of service” and thereby trigger payment of benefits for plan participants covered by a nonqualified deferred compensation agreement (NQDC).

Does Furlough Constitute a Separation from Service Under IRC 409A

Does Furlough Constitute a Separation from Service Under IRC 409A

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought operational challenges and financial strain to businesses in every sector. While some organizations have terminated employees, other businesses have been able to furlough some of, or all, their workforce instead. How the employer handles the furlough is important for many reasons, including how the guidelines of Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (IRC 409A) impact decisions made by both employer and employee.

Compliance Calendar for Retirement Plans

March Compliance Calendar for Retirement Plans and Other Benefit Plans

Fulcrum Partners. Human Resources

Here is a checklist of 2020 compliance deadlines, covering retirement plans along with other health and welfare benefit plans. Thank you IslerDare PC for providing this information. Here are key March Deadlines for 2020: Date Action By March 1: File DOL1 Form M-1 for MEWA2s By March 2: Provide 2019 ACA3 information reporting returns (Forms 1095-B and 1095-C) to individuals By March 15: …

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Unpacking Proposed Regulations by IRS and the Treasury Department on Changes to Section 162(m)

Fulcrum Partners. Executive Benefits News

Winston & Strawn Partner Michael Melbinger continues his analysis of the proposed regulations that have been issues by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department on changes to Tax Code Section 162(m). The following article first appeared on the  Executive Compensation Blog on January 13, 2020, and is republished here with the author’s permission. #executivecomp #fulcrumpartners #IRS #162m