Mutual funds – a common investment for employee benefit plans

Most 401(k) plans offer their participants a variety of investments and most of these line ups include mutual funds. The risk associated with mutual funds range from conservative to aggressive. They are comprised of pools of money collected from investors that is then invested in a variety of securities (such as stocks, bonds or cash). …

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401(k) plan options for eligibility requirements

During the 401(k) plan design process, there are lots of things to consider. One of them is the eligibility requirements to participate in the plan. Who is allowed to participate in the plan? This can have a dramatic effect on the plan’s cost, ease of administration and perceived value to prospective employees. The eligibility requirements …

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Hardship amendment extension goes into effect

When the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA of 2018) was signed into law in February of 2018, sweeping changes to the process of obtaining hardship distributions accompanied it. These changes were not required to take effect until January 1, 2020. Don’t miss: Changes to hardship distribution rules While the BBA of 2018 initiated these …

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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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What to do with your deceased spouse’s IRA

If your spouse has recently deceased, what should be done with their IRA? To start, you have two options not available to other beneficiaries. Roll the decedent’s IRA into an IRA established in your name (spousal rollover) Elect to treat the decedent’s IRA as your own IRA (spousal election) Don’t miss: Balancing investments in times …

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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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Big changes in IRAs – Expanding the definition of earned income

Recently, Congress passed and the President signed the SECURE Act “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”. This new legislation is the first major retirement reform since the Pension Protection Act in 2006. Many changes in the SECURE Act affect both 401k’s and IRA’s but one of the sometimes overlooked changes has to do with …

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IRA contributions and IRA distributions to charity changed under new tax law

Before 2019’s SECURE Act, you could not contribute to a traditional IRA account in the year you turned 70 1/2 and later years. Under the new SECURE Act, this age limit is repealed for contributions starting in 2020. Don’t miss: SECURE Act changes deadline for retirement plan As life expectancy for the average person increases, …

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Small employer automatic enrollment credit

As a business owner, you are probably well-aware that offering a 401(k) plan to your employees has its advantages—ease of talent acquisition, increased retention rates and high morale. But if you happen to be a small business employer, providing a retirement plan to employees may not seem entirely feasible without credit. Start-up costs are often …

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