How the SECURE Act is Changing Retirement

How the SECURE Act is Changing Retirement

On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law.The SECURE Act represents some of the most significant changes to retirement plan law since the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, over thirteen years ago. The provisions of the Act are broad ranging and span many different effective dates.Financial Help for Plan SponsorsThough tax credits have been in place to help offset the cost of adopting a new retirement plan, the SE...
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SECURE Act

SECURE Act

Download The Action DocAs you know, the goal of our nation’s retirement system is to create more opportunities for American workers to save and to make it easier for employers to start and maintain benefit plans. With this in mind, Congress just passed, and the President signed, the SECURE Act. SECURE stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement.This is the most comprehensive and far-reaching update to retirement plans in more than a decade and many, but not all, of its...
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The Power of Re-Enrollment

The Power of Re-Enrollment

Download The Action Doc Auto-enrollment and automatic contribution increases have proven to be popular and successful retirement plan design features that get more people to save for retirement. A little less known is “re-enrollment.” It’s another important tool we have to help encourage better participant outcomes. And it has the potential to benefit the participant, the plan sponsor, and you. Just as auto-enrollment sweeps newly eligible employees into the plan unless they opt out, re-enro...
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The Final Rule on Hardship Distributions

The Final Rule on Hardship Distributions

On Sept. 23rd, the IRS published a final rule that relaxes several existing restrictions on participant hardship distributions from defined contribution plans.Some of these changes are mandatory, requiring employers to make the changes by Jan. 1st, 2020, while others are optional. Though the IRS had issued the proposed regulations in 2018, the final regulations clarify a few key provisions: The Loan-First Rule. The new rule removes the requirement that participants exhaust their ability to take ...
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Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan Design

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan Design

Being the bearer of bad news isn’t fun.When the third-party administration firm relays that aspects of the annual compliance testing have failed causing many of the company’s executives to receive taxable distributions from the plan, it isn’t a great day for the HR manager. The administrator explains that the regulations require testing to prevent highly paid employees from receiving disproportionately greater benefits than other employees. At a much-needed lunch that day, the ...
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Why It Matters Before How It Works

Why It Matters Before How It Works

Download The Action DocSome business owners may come to you asking for information on a 401K or a cash balance plan. They may know of these from prior experience, or friendly advice, or they may have done their homework about different retirement plans. As retirement plan experts, we have many plan designs and options to offer depending on what we determine may be a best fit for your clients. The temptation is to quote them what they ask for. We think the better approach is to first invest a lit...
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Encourage Greater Plan Participation with a QACA Safe Harbor Plan

Encourage Greater Plan Participation with a QACA Safe Harbor Plan

Download The Action DocYou already know that a 401(k) is a very popular retirement plan that allows employees to take advantage of tax deferrals on contributions and earnings while their money accumulates for retirement. To enjoy this special status, the IRS put in place non-discrimination rules to assure that plans benefit rank and file employees and not just a company’s owners and highly compensated employees. We know that the goal of many company owners is to maximize how much they can contr...
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It's All in the Design...

It's All in the Design...

For many new Plan Sponsors, and even those savvy at running company retirement plans, understanding plan design can be daunting. Industry terminology, IRS code sections, and complicated illustrations can make understanding difficult.As a retirement plan service provider, we try to ensure that your plan design is the most optimal for your group of employees. Since employee demographics can change, it’s a good idea to understand the basics and review your design from time to time.Permitted D...
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Complying with Safe Harbor Deadlines

Complying with Safe Harbor Deadlines

All 401(k) plan contributions have deposit deadlines, and it’s up to 401(k) fiduciaries to meet them. Yet, many are unclear about the deadlines applicable to their 401(k) plan. That confusion can easily lead to late contributions.Most of the confusion surrounds the deadline to deposit amounts withheld from employee wages, i.e., 401(k) pre-tax, 401(k) Roth, and/or participant loan repayments. Passed into law in 2004, the Department of Labor (DOL) set forth the rules to comply with the safe ...
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Bucket List: Retirement

Bucket List: Retirement

The economy continues at its strong pace, keeping unemployment at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years. While this is usually good news, employee financial vulnerability is clouding this sunny forecast. The repercussions are impacting their ability to save for retirement.Millennials are the most stressed by their financial situations, followed by Gen X and Baby Boomers according to PWC’s 8th annual Employee Financial Wellness Survey released in June 2019. More than 80% of the employees surve...
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