Educating the World About Retirement Plan Distributions
For more than two decades, PenChecks has led the way in developing new products, services and technologies for the retirement plan distribution industry. As a leader, we also feel it’s our responsibility to educate clients, colleagues, and the general public about the many complex issues involved in properly distributing retirement benefit assets.
For example, we recently published an entire series of articles on the growing problem of uncashed pension checks. This thought-provoking series provides an overview of this multi-billion dollar problem and offers effective strategies today’s retirement plan sponsors, providers and administrators can use to properly manage and distribute these funds.
The rest of our articles and white papers address other timely retirement plan distribution issues. Please feel free to download and share them with anyone you know who could benefit from learning more about these important topics. And if you have a particular topic or issue you would like to see covered, contact us at (insert email) and let us know. We’ll do our best to address it in our blog or an article.
Articles + White Paper Archive
Article: August 15, 2017
Required minimum distributions are a small but important part of retirement plans. Failure to start making them on time can lead to problems for employers and plan participants. Code section 401(a)(9) requires every qualified plan to begin required minimum distributions (RMDs) on the required beginning date (RBD)... more
Article: April 8, 2016
Managing missing participant funds can be a complex and time-consuming process for plan sponsors and trustees. Attempting to locate missing participants often seems like a fruitless and frustrating task. Appropriately managing missing participant accounts requires choosing from a number of different options, many of which are problematic. And terminating a retirement plan with missing participants increases the complexity of the process and the fiduciary risk to the trustee...
Article: June 10, 2015
There’s a lot of talk in the retirement industry these days about becoming a 3(16) Plan Administrator to plan sponsor clients. As someone with 40 years’ experience as a TPA named fiduciary (with my other company, Alpha & Omega), I have some strong opinions on the subject.... more
Article: April 29, 2015
The DOL has come out with new guidance and recommendations regarding fiduciary duties and missing participants involving terminated defined contribution plans. Read our article to learn how this updated FAB guidance will affect TPA and plan sponsor options concerning missing participant searches and asset distributions... more
White Paper: March 13, 2015
An Analysis of the November 2014 GAO Report to Congress
In November 2014, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) submitted a report to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions entitled “401(K) Plans: Greater Protections Needed for Forced Transfers and Inactive Accounts.” The report studied what happens when employees change jobs and leave their retirement savings in their former employers’ 401(k) plans... more
Article: February 11, 2015
Last year, CPA James Haubrock made a presentation to the ERISA Advisory Council on behalf of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants download PDF
. In it, he discussed a number of accounting and auditing issues associated with unclaimed benefits and uncashed checks for lost retirement plan participants... more
White Paper: October 22, 2014
Un-cashed retirement benefit distribution checks present a growing problem for plan sponsors, institutional plan providers and third-party administrators. Current estimates place the total value of these un-cashed checks in the billions of dollars. And proper management of these assets represents but one of many problems – including 1099R preparations, tax withholding, recurring benefit payments, escheatment... more
Article: July 11, 2014
The growing problem of un-cashed pension checks has been making the news more of late. But if you think the problem is a new one, think again. I have personally been involved with this issue since 1966. And our company, PenChecks, has been working on solutions since 1994... more
Article: July 7, 2014
After decades of neglect, the issue of un-cashed retirement distribution checks – a multi-billion dollar problem – is finally starting to appear on the radar screen of financial institutions, auditors and regulators. As someone who has been intimately involved with the issue since 1966, I believe the increased attention is long overdue... more
Article: July 1, 2014
The problem of un-cashed pension checks has been with us for decades. Moreover, it represents but one of many problems – including 1099R preparations, tax withholding, recurring benefit payments, escheatment issues, and missing participant account balances – surrounding the larger issue of abandoned retirement plans... more
Article: June 16, 2014
Un-cashed retirement benefit distribution checks have become a multi-billion dollar problem in the U.S. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the number of former plan participants leaving assets behind has increased at an alarming rate – from 2.5 million in 1989 to more than 15 million in 2011. Moreover, the DOL estimates that this number is currently growing at the rate of one million un-cashed checks per year... more