COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Understanding the CARES Act: Contribution Deadline & Defined Benefit Funding Relief

Contribution Deadline and Defined Benefit Funding Relief. Some contribution deadlines have been extended and certain defined benefit (DB) plans are eligible for funding relief.

A Message to Our Friends and Partners

On behalf of all of us at FuturePlan, we extend our wishes for a full recovery to those directly affected by COVID-19, and our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the medical professionals, first responders, and essential workers who are saving lives and sustaining our communities.

Message from David Musto, CEO of Ascensus

It’s safe to say that the environment in which we’re living and coping today is unlike any most of us have seen in our lifetimes. Worry for our own health and that of our loved ones, challenges to the operation of virtually every type of business, social distancing, travel restrictions, and startling global financial market volatility sometimes feel beyond our ability to process.

Pandemic Preparedness and Response Statement

As a business division of Ascensus, FuturePlan has maintained a Pandemic Preparedness plan since day one. It is one component of our larger Business Continuity planning process.

FuturePlan Supports Small Businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. With these businesses and their workers bearing the brunt of the hardship associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s incumbent on the financial services industry to do whatever we can to support them. Many believe that this support will come mainly through federal relief, and that smart legislation—providing financial stimulus and other appropriate relief—will help right the ship.

Our COVID-19 Response

At Ascensus, we consider the safety and wellbeing of our clients and associates to be paramount. Our service and leadership teams have been closely monitoring the global spread of COVID-19 and have been making proactive adjustments to our operations in order to ensure the continued service and expertise you count on.

Regulatory Updates

New Guidance on Escheated Retirement Plan Account

The IRS has issued guidance for qualified retirement plans that escheat certain accounts of unresponsive or missing participants or beneficiaries to state unclaimed property funds.

IRS Revises Rollover Self-Certification Rules

The IRS has issued modified guidance for taxpayers to self-certify their eligibility for an extension of the 60-day deadline to complete an otherwise-eligible rollover. 

Updated Yield Curves and Segment Rates for DB Plans

The IRS has posted Notice 2020-77, guidance on factors used in certain defined benefit (DB) pension plan minimum funding and present value calculations.

PBGC’s November Interest Rate Assumptions for DB Calculations

Interest assumptions for benefit payments with valuation dates in November 2020 to be published in the October 15, 2020 Federal Register.

2021 TWB Announced; Retirement Plan Limits to Follow

The Social Security Administration has announced the 2021 adjustments for benefits and certain other limitations that are subject to annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) indices.

Treasury and SBA Announce Simpler PPP Loan Forgiveness Form

Treasury and SBA have announced a “simpler” version of the form used by recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) business loans of $50,000 or less to request loan forgiveness.

IRS Updates Deadline Relief for Victims of California Wildfires

The IRS has updated deadline relief for completing certain time-sensitive, tax-related acts for victims of California wildfires that began on August 14, 2020.

House Passes Revised Pandemic Relief Bill, Disagreements Remain

The House of Representatives has passed a revised version of the HEROES Act estimated at $2.2 trillion to provide pandemic relief.

House Bankruptcy Bill Would Impact Retirement Plans

H.R. 7370, the Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act of 2020, has been introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

Default Withholding Rate for Periodic Retirement Plan Distributions

The IRS has issued a pre-publication version of final regulations on the default tax withholding rate to be applied to periodic and annuitized distributions from retirement plans.