Topic Archive: Plan Termination

Pension Pontifications | Q3 2019

DWC | 09/12/19

All of us here at DWC thrive on the really geeky stuff, and some of the best discussions start with our pontifications about how different topics impact our clients and our industry.  We decided to bring the best of those conversations to you, still with a touch of geekiness but also distilled into easily digested, bite-sized pieces.

What are some potential unknown risks plan sponsors may face with respect to their plans? This quarter our experts have broken down some of the most common risks facing retirement plans, and what you can do to protect yours.

- As originally published in our Q3 2019 newsletter. Didn't get it? Sign up here.

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Meet the MEPs: Grab Bag

DWC | 09/11/19

The Department of Labor’s new regulations that expand the availability of multiple employer plans cover quite a bit of ground.  In previous posts, we’ve explored Association MEPs, PEO MEPs, Corporate MEPs, and working owners.

Though not technically part of the regulations themselves, the Department of Labor also addresses a grab bag of questions that came in through the comment process in the preamble.  In this post, we will run through some of those items.

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What is a Successor Plan and Does It Prevent Me from Starting a New 401(k) Plan?

DWC | 09/10/19

Facts

My company used to sponsor a 401(k) plan for my employees.  Due to an unforeseen financial hardship, we terminated the plan two years ago.  Now that we are back on solid footing, I would like to start up another 401(k) plan.  I checked with the TPA we were working with, and they said something about a possible successor plan issue.  I’m not really sure what that means.

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How Do We Report a Plan Merger on Form 5500?

DWC | 11/7/17

Facts

Our company sponsors two separate 401(k) plans, each of which covers a different group of our employees. Due to some internal changes, we now want to merge those plans so that we only have a single plan, covering all of our employees.

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Retirement Plan Termination: Are There Special Rules for Paying Out Account Balances?

DWC | 09/26/17

Facts

The owner of our company is retiring next year, and the business will close as a result. We sponsor a 401(k) plan that we know we need to terminate, and we want to get started right away so that we have plenty of time to wrap things up before the company is dissolved next year. There are several former employees who still have balances in the plan, but most of the plan accounts are for employees who will continue working for the company right until the very end.

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403(b) Plan Termination: Fact or Fiction?

Adam C. Pozek | 02/22/11

Over the last several years, the answer has been a little of both.  Beginning with the 2009 effective date of the IRS overhaul to the 403(b) regulations, it was establised that 403(b) plans could, indeed, be terminated.  However, that legal fact has been somewhat of a practical fiction for plans funded by individual contracts.  The reason being that sponsors of such arrangements had no authority to compel distribution of those individual contracts.  Bob Toth has an excellent explanation of the conundrum here.

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