Best Practices in Engaging 401(k) Participants


By Jeffery Acheson

 A 401(k) plan without adequate planning tools and processes is like a bag of groceries without a cookbook; great possibilities exist, but the odds of acceptable outcomes are greatly diminished. How do plan sponsors who genuinely believe their employees are one of their organizations’ biggest assets engage participants at the intersection of human and financial capital?... read more >

IRS Settles Offshore Account Information Dispute with UBS AG and Swiss Government


By Ron Kramer

On August 19, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Swiss bank UBS AG and the Swiss government reached an agreement to settle a tax dispute in which the ... read more >

PA Tax on MRI Equipment Has Broad Implications

Pennsylvania has ruled that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment and positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) scan equipment are “real estate” for Pennsylvania sales tax purposes in cases in which sufficient equipment has been installed pursuant to a construction contract.  Accordingly, such equipment is not subject to sales tax. Tim Adams explains how this may impact the taxability of other structures. ... read more >

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week - A Truly Unique Experience

As a company advisor at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), I served as the mentor/consultant to a group of high school students brought together ... read more >

Communication Counts - An Intern's Perspective

In my mind, true success of a business begins with each employee’s complete understanding of the company’s goals and mission. This can be gleaned ... read more >

What is Your Fiduciary Responsibility as a Plan Sponsor?


By Michael Renzelman

As the sponsor of an employee benefit plan (which include 401(k), profit sharing and defined benefit plans) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), you, the employer, have certain fiduciary responsibilities.  These fiduciary responsibilities are standards of conduct for those who manage an employee benefit plan and its assets and are set by ERISA.  ... read more >

Transition Relief for 403(b) Plan Administrators and Their Audit Requirements


By Mara Bruce

In response to concerns raised by various parties, the US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has provided transition relief for 403(b) plan administrators that make good-faith efforts to transition to the 2009 plan year ERISA annual reporting requirements.  Mara Bruce provides a summary.... read more >

Nonprofit Update: News from the 2009 Nonprofit Symposium

On Thursday, July 16, the Schneider Downs Nonprofit Industry Service Group hosted its biannual Nonprofit Symposium at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.  There were over 130 registrants, consisting of clients and friends of the firm in attendance. The Symposium covered economic, accounting and tax, technical and risk management topics of current interest to most nonprofits.  Mark Sullivan provides a recap.... read more >

The IRS Again Extends the FBAR Filing Deadline for Specified Persons


By Ron Kramer

Late on Friday, August 7, 2007, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2009-62, again extending the due date for 2008 and earlier calendar-year ... read more >

IFRS on the G-20 Docket?


By Joe Bruce

As global leaders prepare to descend upon Pittsburgh during the September 24 – 25 G-20 Summit, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) is expecting global accounting standards to be on the agenda. Joe Bruce provides an update on IFRS.... read more >