Benchmarking Your 401(k) Plan Provisions

To attract and retain talented employees, employers should be aware of how their retirement plan provisions compare to other employers. If you are an employer and have not benchmarked your retirement plan provisions, now is a good time to do so. Each year Deloitte publishes the results of its Annual 401(k) Benchmarking Survey. You can …

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Plan Corrections Necessary? DOL Corrections Program

If your company offers an employee benefit plan that is subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), for example a 401(k) plan, it is important to remember that your Company is responsible for ensuring that the Plan and any plan transactions comply with the fiduciary standards ERISA has created. Even though a Plan …

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Have Lost Participants in Your 401(k) Plan?

Lost participants are those participants who have balances in the plan (unclaimed benefits) or have been distributed an amount from the plan (uncashed benefit checks) and cannot be located. The participant either doesn’t know or forgot they have a balance since their employment was terminated or have relocated with no forwarding address. The participant’s account …

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10 Steps to Put on Your Retirement Planning Checklist

The average American doesn’t give proper attention and consideration to retirement financial planning for a variety of reasons (excuses). Perhaps you don’t have time in your day-to-day life to squeeze in financial planning because it seems complicated and time consuming. Maybe you think it can be done next year; what’s the rush to do it …

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How is Compensation Defined?

Compensation in its simplest form is pay in exchange for services rendered, although gross pay includes additional forms of compensation aside from the hourly rate paid to employees. In reference to 401(k) plans, the term “pay” becomes more complex. Under the statutory safe harbor regulations an employer is required to include additional forms of compensation …

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Pre-Tax v. Roth 401(k): Which is Better for Your Financial Portfolio?

Some plans allow participants to make Traditional (pre-tax) contributions and also Roth (after-tax) contributions. Making a decision on which contributions are right for you can be a difficult choice, as there are current and future tax consequences that you should consider. With a Roth 401(k), you can eliminate concerns about your retirement tax rates, but …

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Should You Take A Loan from Your 401(k)?

In August 2011, Rex talked about reasons to take a loan from your 401(k) plan. Hopefully you also noticed the caveat at the bottom that all financial situations are different, so here are a few things to consider for why you shouldn’t take a loan from your 401(k) plan (or similar plan) even if the …

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Selecting a 401k Auditor

As noted in April 6, 2010 post, “Do You Still Need a 401K Audit?” there are several factors to consider in determining whether or not your 401K Plan needs an audit.  After the decision has been determined that an audit will be required for your 401K Plan, the next big question for the Plan administrator …

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