White Papers

The Growing Dilemma: Debt and Financial (In)security in the United States

Personal financial stress in the United States continues to create concern and awareness of economic instability. What makes up the debt and how does it differ from the past?

Rabbi Trusts

Employers that sponsor non-qualified deferred compensation plans may choose to set aside funds in order to create a pool of assets that can be used to pay benefits that have been promised to executives.

Student Loan Benefit Program

This white paper examines IRS Private Letter Ruling (PLR 201833012), issued May 22, 2018. In the PLR, the IRS ruled that a student loan repayment (“SLR”) program included in an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan did not violate the “contingent benefit” prohibition of Code Section 401(k)(4)(A).

Combining Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans

Creative plan design can help reduce expenses and achieve contribution goals for owners.

Focus on Compliance: Timing of Bonus Deferral Elections

Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (“IRC 409A”) requiresthat elections to defer compensation be made only at specified times. An election to defer compensation that is made later than permitted under IRC 409A is not valid, and would preclude the intended deferral of income.

Focus on Compliance: Mid-Year Enrollments

Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (“IRC 409A”) permits employees who first become eligible to participate in a non-qualified plan during the middle of the year to enroll within 30 days of initial eligibility. This rule may be beneficial to employees who are first hired in – or promoted to an eligible position during the middle of a tax year. However, care must be taken to ensure the rule is properly applied.

Focus on Compliance: Expatriates

Multinational corporations frequently transfer employees to work in foreign countries for extended periods. Expatriation raises questions regarding the employee’s status as a participant in the company’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan. Legislation adopted in 2008 (the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Tax Relief Act) may also require that deferred compensation benefits be included in income on the expatriation date.

Investment Manager Due Diligence Process

Newport Group believes that investment managers should be selected and monitored using a well-defined process. Our dedicated team of research analysts combines both quantitative analysis and qualitative research in order to identify investment managers we believe will provide superior long-term performance.

Cash Management Considerations for ESOP Repurchase Obligations

Funding a plan with company stock can be a great finance and employee motivational tool. But eventually, the piper must be paid. Employees will eventually terminate employment and want a cash payout from the ESOP.

Focus on Compliance: Applying Non-Qualified Plan Deferral Elections to the Final Payroll Period for the Year

Under Code Section 409A, an annual salary deferral election generally applies to all salary earned during the calendar year. If this concept were to apply to salary earned during the last payroll period of the year that crosses into the next year, human resources would need to  identify the salary earned on or before December 31 and the salary earned after December 31, apply the appropriate deferral elections to each portion, (iii) communicate the two components of deferred compensation to the plan’s record keeper in order to assign the appropriate payment schedule to each portion and then (iv) communicate the combined deferral amount to payroll for processing.

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