What is a 401(k) plan census report?

A 401(k) plan census report is a document that compiles employee information on all employees who were paid during the plan year. The census will often provide details on an employee’s name, date of birth, social security number, date of hire and termination, gross compensation, hours worked, employee deferrals, matches, highly compensated employees (HCEs) and …

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What to do with 401k forfeitures

Most 401k plans include either employer match contributions or employer profit sharing contributions. These types of contributions may have a vesting schedule attached to them which is determined by the employer. A vesting schedule dictates how much of the employer contributions are owned by an employee based on their time with the company. This means …

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How to avoid common 401(k) plan administrative issues

401(k) plans are highly regulated and have many rules as found in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  It can be difficult to keep your plan in line with ERISA regulations, but the following suggestions can help. Don’t miss: Defining compensation within a 401(k) plan ERISA requires that a 401(k) plan must operate according …

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Defining compensation within a 401(k) plan

A common mistake found in retirement plan audits is the incorrect usage of the plan’s definition of compensation. This can quickly lead to participants contributing too much or too little into their accounts. Mistakes should be corrected as soon as they are identified. This involves identifying (1) the pay codes that should or should not …

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Rollovers for employee benefit plans

If you have ever been curious about rollovers for an employee benefit plan, then you have come to the right place. The following provides a simple overview of rollovers. A rollover often refers to the transfer of money from one retirement plan to another without the burden of tax or penalties. Tax and or penalties …

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What to expect to be asked for in an employee benefit audit

If your company sponsors an employee benefit plan with 100 or more participants, an audit may be required (for more on when an audit is needed read the Henry+Horne blog Does your employee benefit plan need an audit). After it is determined that an audit is necessary and the audit is soon to begin, you …

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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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