Important 403(b)/457(b) News
Aviva is rebranding to Athene in 2014 (3/3/2014)
Aviva Life and Annuity Company has changed its name to Athene Annuity and Life Company effective 3/3/2014. The press release regarding change is available by clicking here.
ING is rebranding to Voya Financial in 2014 (1/13/2014)
ING released a statement concerning their intent to rebrand their products to the name Voya Financial. By September 1, 2014, all ING entities subject to the change will begin using the Voya name (this will include ING Life Insurance and Annuities Company and ING USA Annuities). The press release regarding change is available by clicking here. Voya also has a webpage describing the rebranding at www.voya.com.
Contribution Limits for 2014 (10/31/2013)
The IRS has published Pension Plan Limitations for 2014. Click here to review the IRS's news release. Please visit CCC's Contribution Limits page for additional information.
The Supreme Court Rules the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Unconstitutional (6/26/2013)
On June 26th, 2013 the Supreme Court rules the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional in the case of the United States v. Windsor. This ruling has important impacts on qualified plans. The American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) released an article on July 2, 2013 highlighting the impacts of this ruling, titled "Repeal of DOMA Impacts Qualified Plans".
403(b) Pre-Approved Plan Rules and Model Language Published by IRS (3/28/2013)
March 28, 2013, marked the long-awaited and much-anticipated publication of IRS procedures for submission, review, and approval of 403(b) Pre-Approved (Prototype and Volume Submitter) Plans. Submissions will be accepted by the IRS beginning June 28, 2013, and CCC intends to make a submission on behalf of its clients. However, the IRS will not begin reviewing submissions before the submission window closes on April 30, 2014, and eligible employers will not have to adopt pre-approved plans until at least one year after the IRS has ruled on all applications that it received during the submission window (so, no earlier than April 30, 2015). The Pre-Approved Plan rules appear in Revenue Procedure 2013-22 and the Model Language appears in an IRS Listing of Required Modifications (LRM0313-2).
Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) Procedures Updated (1/4/2013)
The updated EPCRS revenue procedure, Revenue Procedure 2013-12, is now
available. The new procedure updates and expands the Employee Plans
Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the comprehensive system of correction
programs for sponsors of retirement plans that have failed to meet one or
more requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.
A summary is posted here.
Fiscal Cliff Budget Deal Impacts Roth Conversions for 403(b) and 457(b)
The newly passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 contains provisions
related to Roth accounts. Currently, employee deferral plans, like 401(k),
403(b) or 457(b) plans, may have a Roth feature to allow employees to
contribute to such plans on an after-tax basis with earnings thereon
tax-free when distributed. Plans currently may allow employees to convert
their traditional (pre-tax) accounts to a Roth account with respect to
amounts for which an employee can elect a distribution. The new law allows
employees to convert any traditional (pre-tax) amounts within an employee
deferral plan into a Roth account, even if the employee cannot elect a
distribution of such amount. The amount so converted would be subject to
regular income tax in the year of conversion and the earnings thereon after
such conversion would be tax-free when distributed.
This has multiple implications for plan sponsors. As a plan sponsor, you
are not required to adopt the new Roth provisions and still have the
discretion about whether to make this part of your plan. If you do decide to
offer your employees this option, it will require a plan amendment. If you
already have a Roth provision in your plan, you should expect some interest
in adopting this relaxed rule allowing transfers without a triggering event.
If you don't have a Roth option in your plan, you may get interest to add
it. If you lack the Roth option and want to put one in place, please contact
CCC. The Treasury Department and the IRS are expected to issue technical
guidance about these Roth conversions including plan amendment requirements.
CCC will provide additional details as they become available.
Contribution Limits Increase for 2013 (10/18/2012)
The IRS has published Pension Plan Limitations for 2013. Click here to review the IRS COLA Increases for Dollar Limitations on Benefits and Contributions. Please visit CCC's Contribution Limits page for additional information.
The Hartford Retirement Plans Group to be acquired by Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company (9/4/2012)
The Hartford announced a definitive agreement has been reached to sale of their Retirement Plans Group to Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company. This sale is expected to be finalized by the end of 2012. There are to be no changes in the contacts or operations at this time. Once the sale is complete, should changes occur announcements will be circulated in a timely manner to alert participants and plan sponsors. To view a copy of this announcement, click here.
Contribution Limits Increase for 2012
The IRS has published Pension Plan Limitations for 2012. Click here to review the IRS Newsroom Article. Please visit CCC's Compliance Limits page for additional information.
Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP) Now Offers Roth 457(b) Accounts (2012)
OSGP now offers employers the option of adopting Roth 457(b) Accounts as an optional feature under OSGP 457(b) Plans. For more information concerning OSGP Roth 457(b) Accounts, please visit the OSGP Resource Page.
CCC Plan Administrative Authorization Vouchers Available via Online Request (2012)
CCC now offers Plan Administrative Authorization Vouchers for for some of the most common 403(b) plan transactions. For detailed information on concerning vouchers, please visit our Voucher FAQ page. Participants or their representatives may request an authorization voucher by completing our online request form here.
CCC Secure File Upload Available (2012)
In our continued effort to add convenient features to our website, we are happy to announce the availability of our new Secure File Upload page. This feature allows plan participants, financial professionals, vendors and employers to send CCC documents that may contain sensitive information in a secure fashion, documents that previously would have only been appropriately sent to CCC via mail or fax.
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