Aligning Plan Design with Client Goals

Aligning Plan Design with Client Goals

Download The Action DocMost of us live in homes that were not custom-designed for us. We adapt to them rather than expect them to be optimized to how we like to live. Most retirement plans are sold the same way. Companies buy something off the shelf that was intended for a generic audience, but not necessarily ideally suited for them. The irony is that while these plans are sold as cost-efficient, they often wind up costing their buyers a great deal in the long run because of lost tax savings or...
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Your TPA Partner Can Help You Win Business

Your TPA Partner Can Help You Win Business

Download The Action DocWhen it comes to the administration of retirement plans, most TPAs can execute the work pretty competently. And while there are differences in quality of process and internal expertise, most of this is technical work that happens behind the curtain. The result is that the vast majority of advisors, and clients for that matter, don’t generally see or perceive these differences.Where we really differentiate are in three important areas you and your clients DO see and experi...
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HSA vs 401(k)

HSA vs 401(k)

If your company has decided to offer a high deductible health plan, don’t worry, you are not alone. Recent studies show that an increasing number of employers have elected to offer high deductible health plans (HDHP) either to completely replace or be offered in conjunction with a more traditional Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan or Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. When sponsoring an HDHP, employers typically offer their employees the ability to contribute to a H...
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Who is an Employee?

Who is an Employee?

Maintaining a retirement plan for your employees is no easy task. At various points during the year, employers and HR departments field participant questions, help with enrollments, deliver notices and statements, and participate in the distribution process. However, an additional responsibility, and one of the most important, is the collection of data that is used for compliance testing and government reporting. Though all of these duties are important, one task drastically affects the ou...
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Advantages of an Unbundled Platform

Advantages of an Unbundled Platform

Download The Action DocThere are some things that we’re happy to buy right off the rack. After all, mass production usually means consistency and cost-savings. On the other hand, when we do buy off the shelf, we compromise on individual choice and sometimes flexibility in getting the exact qualities and features we want. In retirement plan terms, that can be a good way to think about the difference between a bundled solution and an unbundled solution.In a bundled approach, the client typically ...
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Plan Audits

Plan Audits

 Download The Action DocYour clients are familiar with the idea of an audit on their personal or corporate tax return, but they may not be familiar with an audit of their qualified retirement plan. There are two broad categories of plan audits. Today, we’ll focus quickly on two groups of plans that the Department of Labor requires to have financial statement audits by an independent qualified public accountant, or CPA.These audits are based on a plan’s participant count or if the plan hol...
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Maximizing an Owner's Retirement Benefit

Maximizing an Owner's Retirement Benefit

 Download The Action DocIt’s a common story – business owners put everything into their businesses for years before being in a financial position to put real money away for retirement. Once they’re ready to really get going, we can suggest a number of retirement plan designs and individual plan features that can help them reach their goals. Depending on their situation, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the most popular:First, a 401(k) plan with a Safe Harbor featur...
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Understanding how forfeitures work in retirement plans

Understanding how forfeitures work in retirement plans

 Download The Action DocWhen we talk about 401k type retirement plans we sometimes focus on the contributions made by employees that are ALWAYS immediately vested. In other words, it's THEIR money and they can always withdraw it without forfeiting ANY- subject to IRS rules about early withdrawals.We know, of course, that employers often make profit sharing or matching contributions, too. These contributions may be subject to a VESTING schedule. Vesting over a period of years provides an inc...
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Under the New Tax Law

Under the New Tax Law

After many rounds of negotiations, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 20th, 2017.  Though retirement plan limit reductions were included in many iterations of the bill, the ultimate effect on qualified plans was relatively minimal.  There are two items of note that were included in the new law affecting loan repayments and IRA conversions. 401(k) Loan Payback Period gets extended!Many defined contribution plans include provisions for a participant to take a ...
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Navigating Distributions

Navigating Distributions

The first quarter of the calendar year typically sees an uptick in the number of retirement plan distributions and participant loans. This year may be even busier than most, given the relief announced by the IRS for victims of the recent hurricanes and wildfires. Whatever the reason, participant distributions present a complex set of rules for Plan Sponsors to navigate. Participants can receive distributions from retirement plans for a myriad of reasons. While some are requested by the par...
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