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What is a cash balance plan and what are the benefits? Cash balance plans help business owners fund and deduct very large employer contributions. These plans allow employers to contribute significantly more than they can with a typical 401(k) plan. They are also a great way to reduce the company tax burden. Cash balance plans...
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The SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act was signed into law in December 2019, bringing about several important changes to retirement plans. We’ll cover some of the biggest opportunities for advisors and business owners created by this legislation in the post below. Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Face the Opportunity While the SECURE Act is fairly...
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The case of the solo 401(k) and the missing 5500s Plan Sponsor Scenario A business owner looking to set up a solo 401(k) plan went directly to a retirement plan provider without engaging an experienced financial advisor or a third party administrator (TPA). The individual wasn’t informed that they were supposed to file a Form...
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A safe harbor 401(k) plan can provide significant benefits for employers. Don’t miss out on this option; now is a great time to determine if it could be a good fit!    Benefits of Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans:  Owner deduction and savings of $19,500 from income ($26,000 if age 50), regardless of employee participationMay allow...
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3(16) fiduciary services are rapidly gaining popularity in the retirement industry. But why? What do these services entail? Are they worth the investment for plan sponsors? We’ll cover these topics in the following post. What are 3(16) fiduciary services? When a business owner sets up a retirement plan, they are held legally responsible for the...
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Which model is a better fit for you? Employers may choose to “bundle” multiple services for their retirement plans with one provider, or select two or more specialist service providers in an “unbundled” arrangement. In a bundled approach, the recordkeeper performs tasks typically reserved for the third-party administrator (TPA). Alternatively, an unbundled retirement plan combines...
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We work with payroll companies, both large and small, throughout the country. These companies help employers manage their payroll with great tools and resources. However, they are not retirement plan experts. So, before employers jump in with a payroll provider for retirement plan administration, it’s important to consider all the facts.  In this post, we’ll...
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