Category Archives: Plan Qualification

California Public Agency 401(a) Sponsors Should Amend Their Plans for PEPRA and May Want to Submit for a New IRS Determination Letter

By Jeff Chang Ongoing changes in the way the IRS reviews and “approves” qualified retirement plan documents and the need for California public agencies to comply with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) are forcing these agencies to reevaluate … Continue reading

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Public Agencies Need to Make Sure That Their Retirement Plans Keep In Step With Their MOUs and Employment Agreements

By Jeff Chang Having worked with dozens of cities and special districts, we are familiar with the focus and attention placed on memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and management employment contracts – especially provisions relating to retirement benefits and compensation. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Public Agency Retirement Plan Documents: Are They Properly Signed and Dated?

By Jeff Chang Based on numerous requests for plan documents from public agency clients, we know that many cannot find complete sets of their historical and current retirement plan documents that are properly authorized, signed and dated. If this sounds … Continue reading

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Public Agency Furloughs & Distributions from Retirement Plans During COVID-19

By Jeff Chang As many California public agencies are forced to furlough employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, questions arise as to how furloughs are treated for retirement plan distribution rules’ purposes.

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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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