Category Archives: Plan Qualification

One-time Irrevocable Elections and 401(a) Opt-in Plans

By Jeff Chang There appears to be some confusion among California municipalities about 401(a) opt-in plans use and an employee’s ability to make a one-time irrevocable election to make pre-tax contributions.

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Ways to Correct Governmental Plan Problems

By Jeff Chang There are several tools that can be used to correct or fix governmental plan problems. First, some classification. Practically all the retirement plans we discuss are “tax-advantaged” in one form or another. However, within this group, there … Continue reading

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Do Not Apply AB 5 Too Broadly

By Jeff Chang Perhaps the biggest news coming out of California’s Legislature this year was the passage of Assembly Bill 5 – the new law that codifies the 2018 Dynamex case and which imposes a new test for determining employee or … Continue reading

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The Improper Use of Governmental “Pre-Approved” Plans

By Jeff Chang There continues to be new, complicated problems arising from the improper completion and use of off-the-shelf governmental pre-approval plans. Generally, a pre-approved plan from the document provider is reviewed and pre-approved by the IRS for its general … Continue reading

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Why You Need to “Monitor” Full-time, Temporary Employees

By Jeff Chang Due to budget restrictions and general hiring freezes, many California public agencies are forced to fill workforce gaps with temporary employees from staffing agencies. This practice, while quite common, is not well-understood — particularly when it comes to … Continue reading

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