DOL Fiduciary: Outsourcing Offers Small Firms a Lifeboat
The primary focus for smaller plan sponsors looking to comply with the DOL fiduciary rule will likely be on mitigating risks through outsourcing.
New IRS QTIP Rules Increase Estate Tax Portability Benefits
Newly released guidance allows a powerful planning strategy that can be used by wealthy clients to maximize a deceased spouse’s federal estate tax exemption.
Annuities in 401(k) Plans Could Benefit From GAO Report
A Government Accountability Office recommendation may allay plan sponsors’ fears of liability if they offer annuities in 401(k)s.
Community Property: When Federal-State IRA Rules Collide
Sorting out the state community property rules and IRS rules on beneficiary designations in retirement accounts.
Self-Directed IRAs: Avoiding DOL Fiduciary Rule Liability
The DOL fiduciary rule could increase the use of self-directed IRAs, but the role of the advisor does not end once a client chooses one.
GRAT Valuation Discounts Disappearing Soon
Clients have a short window to use valuation discounts for transfers of interest in family businesses under Treasury’s current rules.
Small Business Group Health Insurance: The Sequel
As the labor market improves, many small business owners want to adjust existing policies to remain competitive—especially in light of Obamacare. Here’s how to help those clients.
The No-Taxes Retirement Plan Distribution Strategy
There is a variety of circumstances under which a client can take tax-free (or reduced tax) distributions from a retirement plan.
Finding the Best Options for Lump Sum Pension Buyouts
How to help clients presented with lump sum windows from pensions decide whether to take the lump sum and how to invest it.
The Post-70 ½ Retirement Plan Contribution Rules
By the time many clients reach age 70 ½, they are ready to enjoy retirement and are well aware of the obligation to begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from various retirement accounts.