Requesting Original or Corrected Determination Letters from the IRS

As a plan fiduciary, there is a very important letter that should be on file with your plan documents.  This letter is known as the determination letter.  The determination letter is a letter the IRS sends to you letting you know the tax status of your 401k plan.  This letter lets you as the plan …

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Common 403(b) Plan Mistakes

The IRS issued the following listing of recurring mistakes noted in 403(b) plan audits: 1. Failure to be a qualified employer – Only public schools and certain tax-exempt charitable organizations qualify. 2. Failure to properly apply universal availability –This occurs when eligible employees are excluded from participation. 3. Failure to limit employee elective deferrals – The general limit …

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What is Compensation?

Compensation is key for 401(k)’s and other employee benefit plans. In many plans employees make contributions based on a percentage of their compensation. Other times, employer matching or profit sharing uses compensation as the basis for allocating employer contributions to employees. Compensation is generally defined as gross wages, which are subject to income tax withholding. …

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