Category Archives: Governmental plans

Sometimes, It’s Good to be a Little “Country” – The Benefits of Rural Cooperative Status

Many state and local governments are aware that the Internal Revenue Code was changed in 1986 to prohibit most of them from maintaining a 401(k) plan. Instead, these entities can and — for the most part, do — maintain eligible … Continue reading

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Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) – The Out of Sight, Out of Mind Problem

We all sometimes lose track of things hidden away in the back of the closet or fail to stay in touch with friends we haven’t heard from or seen in a while. These common tendencies can cause inconvenience in our … Continue reading

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Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangements are Receiving More Attention

Previously, we wrote about the uses of health reimbursement arrangements and the IRS rules that apply to them. As we explained, an HRA is basically an employer-funded account that may be used for paying specified medical and health costs (including … Continue reading

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Why Hire A “3(38)” Adviser For A Public Agency 457(b) Or 401(a) Plan?

Most public sector retirement plan sponsors understand that even though their plans may not be subject to the fiduciary duties and responsibilities of ERISA, they are still subject to fiduciary duties under applicable State law.  Moreover, certain States like California … Continue reading

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Does Your Plan Have A Proper Fiduciary Structure?

Recently, we have dealt with an “epidemic” of retirement plans, both very large and very small, that all have the same problem – the lack of a proper fiduciary structure.  Why? As with so many personnel and benefits-related programs, new … Continue reading

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