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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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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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Chapter 20: Opting Into A Pick-Up Plan

By: Jeff Chang A recently issued IRS private letter ruling (PLR) puts the kibosh on the fairly common practice of allowing public agency employees to elect whether and at what level to participate in the agency’s mandatory contribution pension plan. This … Continue reading

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Chapter 19: Get the IRS’ Blessing for Your 401(a) Plan – Before It’s Too Late

By: Jeff Chang The IRS has just announced major changes to its program for reviewing and approving the qualified status of certain retirement plan documents (see, Announcement 2015-19).  Essentially, the Service is doing away with its program for issuing determination letters … Continue reading

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Chapter 18: It’s Supposed To Go To Whom? Beneficiary Designation In Governmental Defined Contribution Plans

By: Jeff Chang Here’s an interesting difference between public and private industry plans that we were reminded of recently and that we’d like to share with our governmental clients and their advisors because it can be so problematic. In most private … Continue reading

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