Your TPA Partner Can Help You Win Business When 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
The Loan They Never Take May Make All the Difference IRS rules provide for participant loans and hardship withdrawals from 401k and other plans. They're not required, but rather left to the discretion of the plan sponsor. Today, there's a good bit of debate about how participant loans affect long term retirement outcomes. On one
Maximizing an Owner's Retirement Benefit It’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
Advantages of an Unbundled Platform There 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.
3(16) Fiduciary Services and Why You Should Care As a financial advisor, you know that the people who exercise control and authority over the management of a retirement plan’s assets are fiduciaries. So are professionals who provide investment advice with respect to those assets. In most cases, plan sponsors understand that they, too, play an
What are the top heavy rules? In general, a defined contribution plan (i.e. 401(k), profit sharing, money purchase, etc.) is considered to be top heavy when more than 60% of plan assets are attributable to "key employees" as of the "determination date". Top heavy plans are subject to certain minimum contribution and vesting requirements. Who
Plan Compensation – Not So Simple! At face value, it seems like "compensation" would be one of the simplest issues to deal with in a retirement plan, but it is actually one of the most complex. Understanding what compensation is "plan eligible" is one of the biggest headaches for plan sponsors and an area in
IRS Provides Welcome Relief for Plan Sponsors! Mistakes happen! It is inevitable because the rules governing retirement plans are complex and always changing. The IRS Employee Plans Correction Resolution System (EPCRS) has done wonders in allowing plan sponsors to correct mistakes, often without seeking approval from the IRS, and avoid costly sanctions and fines. On
What fees and expenses can be paid for by a plan? In general, fees and expenses associated with the on-going administration of a retirement plan may be paid from plan assets provided they are necessary and reasonable. Certain expenses known as "settlor" expenses, however, cannot be paid for from plan assets. What is considered reasonable?
Deposit Rules for 401(k) Plans One of the most common mistakes made by 401(k) plan sponsors is failure to deposit participant contributions (i.e. 401(k) deferrals/Roth contributions) and loan payments in a timely manner. Having said that, it is worthwhile reviewing the rules and consequences of making late deposits. What are the rules? In general, the