Regulatory Updates

IRS Issues Guidance on Funding Relief for Multiemployer DB Plans

The IRS has released Notice 2021-57, providing guidance for multiemployer defined benefit (DB) plans receiving funding relief under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Notice provides guidance regarding the plan sponsor’s ability to elect to delay designating a plan as being in endangered, critical, or critical and declining status or to delay updating the plan’s funding improvement or rehabilitation plan, and to extend the plan’s funding improvement or rehabilitation period. The guidance further explains the plan sponsor’s ability to amortize certain investments and other experience losses related to COVID-19 over a 30-year period in determining charges to the funding standard account.

Regulatory Updates

DOL Flips Script with ESG Proposal

DOL Flips Script with ESG Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule, “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights.”

Regulatory Updates

2022 Taxable Wage Base Announced

2022 Taxable Wage Base Announced

The Social Security Administration has announced the 2022 adjustments for benefits and certain other limitations that are subject to annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) indices.

Regulatory Updates

Form 5500 Changes Proposed

Form 5500 Changes Proposed

In September 2021, the DOL, IRS, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), collectively referred to as the “Agencies”, released proposed changes to Form 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan.