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UPDATED: Energy Bankruptcy Reports and Surveys

Oil Patch Bankruptcy Monitor: Includes details on oil and gas producers that have filed for bankruptcy since the beginning of 2015 – most recent update October 31, 2017. Oilfield Services Bankruptcy Tracker: Includes details on oilfield services companies that have filed for bankruptcy since the beginning of 2015 – most recent update October 31 2017. Midstream Report: Includes details on the midstream companies that have filed for bankruptcy since 2015 – most recent update: October 31, 2017.

IRS Memo Addresses Required Minimum Distributions to Missing Participants

The IRS recently released a memo instructing its Employee Plans examiners not to challenge a qualified retirement plan’s compliance with the required minimum distribution (“RMD”) rules under Code Section 401(a)(9), in situations where the plan is unable to make an RMD to a missing participant after completing the following steps: (i) searching plan, sponsor, and publicly-available records for alternative contact information; (ii) using a commercial locator service, credit reporting agency, or proprietary Internet search tool; and (iii) attempting contact via certified mail to the last known mailing address and through “appropriate means” for any other addresses or contact information (e.g., email addresses or telephone numbers). If a plan has not taken all of the foregoing steps, an examiner may challenge the qualified status of that plan if it fails to make timely RMDs to lost participants. Plan administrators are thus advised to complete those steps and document the results for… Continue Reading

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