Navigating your 401(k) during a global pandemic

Investing in your 401(k) is an idea that is hammered into our brains at a young age. We are constantly reminded of it because setting aside an amount of money on a consistent basis for the future will make a significant difference when we approach retirement.  This simple task can turn out to be difficult …

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Impact of employee reduction on employee benefit plans

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty, employers are faced with decisions that could have significant impacts on their 401k retirement plans. A serious decision that employers face is a potential employee reduction. It is important to consider the impact this decision can have on the retirement plan. A reduction …

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Take CARES – Impact to employee benefit plans

In response to the impact of COVID-19 Congress placed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act”. What does this 883-page law mean for retirement plans and their participants?  The CARES Act includes provisions that expand the availability of retirement funds to those who have been impacted by COVID-19. …

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Cost of living adjustments for 2020 for retirement plans and IRA

The tax law places limits on the dollar amount of contributions to retirement plans and IRAs. IRC Section 415 requires the limits to be adjusted annually for cost of living adjustments. Don’t miss: Important information when changing plan administrators The below table shows a three-year comparison (starting in 2020) of certain retirement plan limits. Plan …

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Locating lost 401k plan participants

For many employers, finding lost 401k plan participants can seem an impossible task. Nevertheless, employers are required to take all reasonable actions to locate a missing participant. Employers have a fiduciary obligation under ERISA to locate or “make a reasonable effort” to find a missing participant of a terminated defined contribution plan. Failing to do …

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What employers need to know about 401(k) compensation

When administering their 401(k) plan, one of the most common mistakes that employers make is allocating plan contributions to a participant account using the incorrect employee compensation. The most common occurrence is when an employer mistakenly excludes forms of compensation such as bonuses, overtime, or commissions that are defined as eligible compensation in the company’s …

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Profit sharing plans

Profit sharing plans are beneficial for an employer as they are flexible, allow for good cash flow management, and reward employees for the company’s success. Profit sharing contributions are discretionary, and, therefore, the amount and timing of the contributions can vary year-to-year. There is no minimum or maximum contribution required by law. Accordingly, the employer …

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Plan terminations and partial plan terminations

Many plan participants may be surprised to learn that their employer can discontinue their 401k plan at their own discretion. The IRS considers a plan terminated once an official date of termination is established by the sponsor, the benefits and liabilities under the plan are determined, and all assets are distributed as soon as administratively …

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Fiduciary review of investments

Fiduciary responsibilities are often overlooked and underappreciated, and in-house executives and employees at your company tasked to watch over the company retirement plan may lack the qualifications to fully perform in a fiduciary role(s). That’s why when it comes to your obligations as a trustee, it’s a good idea to discuss bringing on fiduciary support …

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Safe harbor 401(k) plans – the basics

In a broad sense, the 401(k) is an investment vehicle for the masses. 401(k) plans offer millions of employees nationwide the ability to contribute directly from their paycheck into tax-advantaged investment accounts, and employers have the option to match a percentage of employee contributions (and many do). Properly utilized, the 401(k) vehicle is a stellar …

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