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Retirement Plans Newsletter

October 25, 2021


[Official Guidance]

Text of DOL Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2021-02: temporary Enforcement Policy on Prohibited Transactions Rules Applicable to Investment Advice Fiduciaries

"The Department understands that the December 20, 2021 expiration date of the temporary enforcement policy poses practical difficulties for financial institutions that are in the process of complying with the exemption conditions. Specifically, financial institutions have expressed concern that they would incur significant additional distribution costs, because the December 20, 2021, expiration date does not align with their regular distribution cycle for disclosures. The expiration date also complicates the retrospective review requirement for financial institutions that want to perform their review on a calendar year basis....

"First, for the period from December 21, 2021, through January 31, 2022, the Department will not pursue prohibited transactions claims against investment advice fiduciaries who are working diligently and in good faith to comply with the Impartial Conduct Standards for transactions that are exempted in PTE 2020-02 or treat such fiduciaries as violating the applicable prohibited transaction rules....

"Second, the Department has determined that it will not enforce the specific documentation and disclosure requirements for rollovers in PTE 2020-02 through June 30, 2022. All other requirements of the exemption, however, will be subject to full enforcement as of February 1, 2022. The Department is convinced that this temporary and limited enforcement relief is appropriate and in the interest of plans, plan fiduciaries, plan participants and beneficiaries, IRAs, and IRA owners."  MORE >>

Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

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