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Dec 2017

The Senate Tax Bill and Last-Minute Controversy Over - 403(b)?

On December 1st, I was eagerly awaiting the vote on the Senate Tax Reform bill, which, as indicated in our recent article on the subject, contained provisions that would have eliminated most of the special contribution limits that apply to 403(b) plans.  My wait ended up being quite long, as th…

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Nov 2017

Retirement Plan Tax Changes: Was I Psychic?

In a recent blog entry on tax reform, I proposed some changes to retirement plan law that could help raise revenue. Now, when I wrote those suggestions, I was fairly confident that neither the House nor the Senate proposal would incorporate any of them. However, either by coincidence, psychic pow…

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Nov 2017

Some "Top of Mind" Thoughts on the Tax Reform Proposals

On November 2, 2017, the House released its version of a tax reform proposal, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. On November 9th, the Senate issued its markup of the Act, which was substantially different from the House version, particularly with respect to retirement plan changes. The next step will likely…

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Nov 2017

Tax Reform: The Retirement Plan Tax Changes that I Would Recommend

Last week, the House introduced the much-anticipated Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Those who work closely with retirement plans, including retirement plan sponsors and advisors like myself, have been waiting with bated breath to see how the House suggests raising revenue to pay for income tax cuts - …

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Sep 2017

Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) and 403(b) Plans: An Update

Recently, we wrote a Top of Mind post about how the University of California (Cal) took the bold step of adding CITs to its 403(b) plans.  For decades, CITs have been the sole domain of annuities and mutual fund products.  As we noted, while it’s been known that CITs are a permissible inve…

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Aug 2017

Trends that Matter

In our most recent issue of Trends that Matter, participant engagement and fiduciary responsibility were the hot issues for retirement plan sponsors.  While those trends remain current, others have emerged that should be top of mind with plan sponsors.  The nonprofit sector is reacting …

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Jul 2017

Another Comment Period on the Fiduciary Rule

On June 29th, while you were no doubt busy preparing for the Fourth of July holiday, the Department of Labor (DOL) decided it would be a good time to issue yet another request for comment on the fiduciary rule.  Releasing items on a Friday, or just in advance of a holiday weekend, has been a co…

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May 2017

The First 100 Days Are Done. Now What?

My colleague, Jeff Snyder, recently appeared on an Asset TV panel to discuss the implications of President Trump’s first 100 days in office on retirement plans (for those concerned about the future landscape of retirement plans, I strongly suggest a viewing). The discussion highlights many of the re…

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