Regulatory Briefing

DOL Issues Missing Participant Guidance

Following the cancellation of the letter-forwarding programs offered by the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance regarding required efforts to reach missing participants and beneficiaries.

The DOL’s Field Assistance Bulletin 2014-01 (FAB 2014-01) lists steps that must be taken to locate missing participants. These steps include:

  • Send a certified letter,
  • Check related plan and employer records,
  • Contact the designated plan beneficiary, and
  • Use no-cost Internet search tools.

If these efforts fail, rollover to an IRA or annuity remains the preferred distribution option for participant account balances.

While this guidance applies in the case of plan terminations, it may also be helpful in other situations.

FAB 2014-01 is at http://tinyurl.com/DOLMissingPartic.

IRS and DOL Update Disclosure Guides

Workers between the ages of 37 and 50 are poorly prepared for retirement, according to the 15th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers. Only 24% of Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1978) reported that their greatest financial priority is saving for retirement.

One-third of survey respondents expect a decline in their standard of living in retirement. As a result, more than half plan to work beyond age 65 or not retire at all. About 51% plan to continue working following their retirement.

The overall picture for Generation X gets even bleaker. Almost 40% prefer not to think about or bother with retirement investing until their retirement date is closer, and two-thirds admit that their retirement investing knowledge isn’t at the level it should be. On a brighter note, two-thirds of respondents said they want more information and advice.

Go to http://tinyurl.com/TransGenerationX to see the Generation X survey results.

For plan sponsor use only, not for use with participants or the general public. This information is not intended as authoritative guidance or tax or legal advice. You should consult with your attorney or tax advisor for guidance on your specific situation.

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