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5 Ways the New ERISA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Standards Will Affect Your Plans
Posted by Hal Hunt on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 01:56 PM

The countdown to revised ERISA employee benefit plan auditing standards officially began this summer when the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) released Statement on Auditing Standards No. 136, Forming an Opinion on Employee Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA (EBP SAS). The new standard takes effect for plan years ending on or after Dec. 15, 2020. Generally, it will affect audits of calendar year 2020 plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that are performed in 2021.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, employee benefit plan, nonprofit, Form 5500, ERISA, EBP audit

Is a Health Insurance Captive Right for Your Organization?
Posted by Joe Ellis on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

In this day and age, it’s not unusual for company decision-makers to become furious with insurance carriers for frequent and substantial health benefit plan cost increases. Even more infuriating, carriers are often unwilling to supply any reason for such a rate action by not providing indication about medical claims, high amount claimants, prescription drug usage, and so on. This happens for many companies with 50-to-250 employees.

When companies are willing to implement programs that help employees reach and maintain personal health, it’s time to get creative. Controlling costs is possible when you look for innovative risk management tools. One of those tools is self-insurance, and another tool is a “captive” insurance company. Captives afford an additional layer of risk protection beyond self-insurance. And, for small-to-mid sized employers, captives can be especially useful tools.

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Topics: not-for-profit, employee benefit plan, Health care, Lower Benefit Costs, health insurance, captive insurance, Joe Ellis

Negotiating Compensation Packages with 457 Plans
Posted by Bernard Kaplan on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Tax-exempt organizations at times must be creative when structuring attractive compensation plans for their executive team. A section 457 deferred compensation plan may be one of the ways to sweeten the pot for a candidate. Used by tax-exempt organizations, these “top hat” nonqualified retirement plans allow key employees or a select group of employees to defer receipt of compensation to a later date, perhaps when their tax rate is lower.

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Topics: Bernard Kaplan, employee benefit plan, 457(b) plan, 457(f) plan

Broadening Your Benefit Plan: A Quick Guide to 457(b) Plans
Posted by Bernard Kaplan on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

Not-for-profit organizations walk a fine line with their compensation arrangements. The IRS and the public keep a close eye on executive pay. At the same time, organizations need to offer a competitive compensation package in order to attract and retain the right talent.

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Topics: Bernard Kaplan, employee benefit plan, 457(b) plan

Specialization Matters: Small Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practices More Likely to Produce Deficient Audits
Posted by Kevin Petrosino on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Findings from a recent Department of Labor Report, Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits: 2014 Audit Report suggest a strong correlation between the number of employee benefit plan audits a firm performs and audit quality. At 76%, audit deficiency rates among firms that performed one or two audits per year were almost twice as high as the deficiency rate of the report’s population as a whole, which registered at 39%. Deficient audits affected $653 billion in plan assets and 22.5 million participants.

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Topics: employee benefit plan, Kevin Petrosino

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