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Johnny Wentzell is a principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and taxation.

Johnny represents clients with respect to all types of employer-sponsored employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, profit sharing plans, defined benefit pension plans, 457(b) and 457(f) plans for both tax exempt and governmental employers, equity compensation plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, health and welfare benefit plans, and ERISA severance plans. He also advises clients with respect to bonus and incentive compensation programs, fringe benefits, and tax and employee benefits aspects of employment, severance and change in control agreements.

On May 1, 2019, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-20, which reopens the determination letter program in a limited manner for individually designed plans that are merged plans or statutory hybrid plans, such as cash balance plans. The new IRS guidance provides that sponsors of merged plans may request determination letters going forward, while