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US Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

By Mike Hedge on 5/6/21 8:36 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the withdrawal of the “Independent Contractor Rule," effective May 6, 2021.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA’s Carsrud Contributes to Capitol Hill Briefing on Retirement Issues

By NAIFA on 5/5/21 3:19 PM

Policy experts from industry associations, including NAIFA Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Judi Carsrud, provided congressional staff with a briefing on the defined contribution retirement system and how Congress can improve it. They explained some common challenges faced by employers providing plans and employees anxious about covering present-day expenses while saving for retirement.

Topics: Advocacy Retirement Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Supports SECURE Act 2.0 Introduced by Reps. Neal and Brady

By NAIFA on 5/3/21 4:24 PM

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) have introduced the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, also known as the SECURE Act 2.0, and Neal has scheduled a markup session in the committee for Wednesday.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislative & Regulatory Press Release
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The IRS Will Correct Confusing Guidance on Stretch IRAs and the SECURE Act

By Judi Carsrud on 4/26/21 4:03 PM

The SECURE Act, enacted in December 2019, changes the rules for certain inherited retirement accounts whose original owners died after Dec. 31, 2019. Under the new rule, many heirs to IRAs and 401(k) accounts will have to fully distribute the funds from their inherited accounts (and pay income tax on the distributions) within 10 years of the original owner’s death. The rule does not apply to surviving spouses, minor children, heirs who are disabled or chronically ill, and heirs who are within 10 years of the age of the decedent.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Tax Retirement Plans
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NAIFA Members Show Almost No Interest in Being Classified as “Employees”

By Mark Briscoe on 4/23/21 6:38 PM

More than 90% of NAIFA members have income reported to the government on IRS Form 1099, and very few of them show any appetite for giving up their status as independent contractors, according to a recent survey.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Invites All Financial Services Professionals to Attend Virtual Congressional Fly-In May 25-26

By NAIFA on 4/14/21 1:58 PM

NAIFA’s Congressional Congress, May 25-26, will be a virtual event featuring targeted advocacy training with briefings on legislative issues that affect members’ businesses, best practices for conducting congressional meetings, and tips for developing impactful long-term relationships with legislators.

Topics: Advocacy NAIFA Events Legislative & Regulatory Press Release
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NAIFA Urges DOL to Move Forward With Rule on Independent Contractor Status

By Mike Hedge on 4/13/21 2:17 PM

NAIFA has joined with industry partners to submit a comment letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the proposed withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Status rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule was published on January 7, 2021.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Advocacy Briefing: The Latest on the PRO Act

By NAIFA on 3/21/21 5:03 PM

Tuesday, March 23, at 11 am eastern

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA's Hedge Explains Potential Impacts of the PRO Act

By NAIFA on 3/18/21 8:45 AM

NAIFA Director of Government Relations Mike Hedge recently spoke with David Duford of Duford Insurance Group about the potential implications of the PRO Act for insurance and financial professionals. Hedge discusses how the PRO Act could disrupt the business relationships between producers and companies and harm the ability of agents and advisors to serve consumers. He also talks about the work NAIFA is doing to head off provisions of the PRO Act that would “revolutionize the industry for the wrong reasons.” The interview is featured on Duford’s popular YouTube channel.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA-ME Connects Producers and Lawmakers at Virtual Legislative Breakfast

By NAIFA on 3/12/21 9:12 AM

NAIFA-Maine’s virtual Legislative Breakfast on March 9 featured video conference meetings connecting NAIFA members with state lawmakers whose policy decision impact the businesses of insurance and financial professionals as well as the consumers they serve. Legislators in attendance included:

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy

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