Newsletter Articles

We’ve archived a series of newsletters, titled Benefit Insights, to help answer questions you might have about the operation and administration of retirement plans, as well as changes in legislation. You’ll find a new article here every quarter.

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Timing of Deposits 401(k)/403(b) Deferrals and Loan Repayments

Timing of Deposits 401(k)/403(b) Deferrals and Loan Repayments

One of the questions asked by your TPA during the annual census collection may be whether your participant contributions and loan payments were transmitted within the Department of Labor (DOL) safe harbor time frame. It’s an important question because both the DOL and...

2022 – An Ideal Time to Review Plan Design

2022 – An Ideal Time to Review Plan Design

Each year, those in the retirement community collect, analyze and calculate data to ensure plan compliance with the laws that govern qualified retirement plans. The calendar of deadlines repeats each year, challenging plan sponsors and service providers to focus on...

SECURE Act Provisions for Long-Term Part-Time Employees

SECURE Act Provisions for Long-Term Part-Time Employees

Historically, 401(k) plans could exclude individuals who worked less than 1,000 hours in the plan year. However, in its effort to expand access to employer retirement plans, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act introduced the concept...

Navigating the Labyrinth of Required Minimum Distributions

Navigating the Labyrinth of Required Minimum Distributions

Since the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, taxpayers have been required to withdraw previously untaxed dollars from their qualified plan and IRA accounts. These withdrawals are called Required Minimum Distributions or RMDs. Historically, those at and over the...

Participant Distribution Fraud in the “New Normal”

Participant Distribution Fraud in the “New Normal”

The Coronavirus pandemic, without a doubt, has changed the way we do business. It has also created some unanticipated vulnerabilities. For instance, since the start of the “new normal,” there has been an increase of cyberattacks on retirement plans and participant...

Form 5500 Filing Extension for FEMA Designated Disaster Areas

Form 5500 Filing Extension for FEMA Designated Disaster Areas

On August 31st, 2021, the IRS issued guidance extending tax filing deadlines for Form 5500 in areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for assistance due to Hurricane Ida and other recent natural disasters. This extension...

Save More for Retirement in 2022

Save More for Retirement in 2022

On November 4, 2021, the IRS announced the Cost of Living Adjustments affecting the dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2022. In October, the Social Security Administration announced a benefit increase of 5.9%, the largest increase in nearly 40 years....

Looking to Maximize Savings? Cash Balance Could Be the Answer!

Looking to Maximize Savings? Cash Balance Could Be the Answer!

So, you established a 401(k) plan for your company and have been contributing consistently for years. The plan has likely afforded your company significant tax savings and has allowed you to attract and retain quality employees. While a 401(k) plan is a great savings vehicle, did you know there is a type of qualified retirement plan that will allow you to contribute significantly more than the maximum allowed in a stand-alone 401(k) profit sharing plan?

Safe Harbor: A Cure For Your Testing Headaches

Safe Harbor: A Cure For Your Testing Headaches

A crucial requirement for 401(k) plans is that the plan must be designed so it does not unfairly favor highly compensated employees (HCEs) or key employees (such as owners) over non-highly compensated employees (NHCEs). To satisfy this requirement, the IRS requires that plans pass certain nondiscrimination tests each plan year.

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