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  1. I need some clarification. Someone in my organization (that we normally see as the expert) is saying that the rules for successor plans only apply to the business/EIN. In other words, if a company dissolves and opens a new LLC under a different EIN, they are not at risk of violating the successor plan rules. I always thought that these rules also applied to ownership. Our director is saying that they don't. I thought the purpose of the successor plan rule was to prevent employers from cycling through retirement plans so they can't simply have a distributable event and then open another plan. I would think this applies to ownership as well, because what's to stop an owner from dissolving and creating new companies to terminate/start up a new plan? Do you have any feedback? Is this person at my company correct? I don't want to dismiss the possibility that I might be mistaken, but I could really use a source that specifically mentions that the owner is exempt from this rule as long as the other company closes and the new plan is with a new company and EIN. All I can find uses the word "employer," and that seems vague in this particular instance. Again whether I am right or they are right, a source would really be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. I'm reposting a question posted a few years ago - because the same issue has now arisen for one of my clients: Company A participates in a multiple employer plan. Company A will be merged into unrelated Company B, and its employees will participate in Company B's 401(k) plan after the merger date. If Company A withdraws from the multiple employer plan on the day prior to the merger, will that be considered a "plan termination" so that its employees can receive distributions from the multiple employer plan under the "plan termination" exception of 401(k)(10)? Would Company A have to do the following to effect the plan termination: (i) withdraw from the multiple employer plan and spin off the assets in a new plan established for this purpose and then (ii) terminate that newly established plan and distribute the money to participants. Does this violate the permanency requirement? Any qualification concerns about eventually rolling over the account balances from Company A's plan into the acquiring company's plan? Any insight would be appreciated.
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