Valuable Information on 401ks, Pensions, ESOPs, Form 5500 Preparation + More

Asset allocation: the basics for investors

The investing landscape has changed dramatically over the years. Rather than calling a stockbroker to place an order, most investors now login to their e-broker to place an order. Instead of investing in expensively managed funds, many investors now choose to invest in passively managed exchange-trade funds (ETFs). A broader range of securities is available …

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Understanding automatic enrollment in your 401(k) plan

We’ve all been there: starting a new job. The amount of information and paperwork can be overwhelming. It’s no surprise that reading up on and enrolling in a 401(k) plan isn’t at the top of everyone’s priorities. What may be surprising is that about half of all households age 55 and older have no 401(k) …

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Plan document: the summary plan description

All 401(k) Plans have a plan document which contains a comprehensive detail of all the rules surrounding the Plan. This plan document can be lengthy and overwhelming and therefore, 401(k) Plans also have a Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) document. The SPD is a concise summary of the Plan’s key features, some of which include the …

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Why there are 401(k) contribution limits

It is essential to save a portion of the money you make to be able to retire at a reasonable age and have the time and money to carry out lifelong aspirations. You hear all the time to contribute to a 401(k) plan, but why are there contribution limits at only $18,000 a year? Plainly …

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Use of forfeitures in employee benefit plans

Forfeitures occur in an employee benefit plan when participants are terminated from employment, but are not fully vested in the employer’s contribution to their accounts. This can be best illustrated through an example: An employer offers a profit sharing contribution for employees participating in its 401(k) plan. The plan document states that an employee must …

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401(k) loans: back to the basics of borrowing

There are a few basic rules the DOL has established when it comes to 401(k) loans. More and more companies are including the loan option in their plans. Listed below are some basic tips on loans. Please remember to review your own Summary Plan Description for specific guidelines related to your plan loans. If your …

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How to increase your 401(k) participation

Like most people who work in the accounting field, I am a stickler when it comes to spending. I am also a strong believer in the concept of living below your means and that saving early for retirement can go a long way. But I know that everyone is not like me. When I saw …

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The do’s and don’ts of participating in a 401(k) plan

Whether you’re currently enrolled in a 401(k) plan, or about to enroll in a 401(k) plan, consider the following: The do’s Do participate if there is an employer match, and make sure you receive the maximum match If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, they likely also offer an employer match. The employer match can …

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What is a Multiple Employer Plan? Benefits, things to know

What is a Multiple Employer Plan? A multiple employer plan (MEP) is a type of employee benefit plan where several employers can participate. In certain instances, the employers participating in the plan can operate as one plan. What are the benefits? A significant reason why employers do not offer a benefit plan to their employees …

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Reviewing and implementing plan level controls

Many payroll companies and third-party administrators (“TPA”) ascertain Service Organization Controls (“SOC 1”) Reports on the Suitability of the Design and Operating Effectiveness of Controls. These reports summarize the opinion and results of the audit of internal controls in place at the service provider. In addition, these reports provide complementary user entity controls, which list …

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