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If you’re located on the east or west coast, you might be familiar with the retirement plan experts we interview in this blog post. Meet Tali Vaughn and Laura Grassi, some of our amazing Regional Vice Presidents on our Sales Team. In our conversation below, these ladies talk about common mistakes and misconceptions they see...
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Don’t let the ship of generous perks sail without your clients on board  What is so safe about a “Safe Harbor” 401(k) plan? They’re among the most popular types of 401(k) plans with an employer match (an incentive given to those who actively participate) or nonelective (meaning the participant merely needs to meet eligibility requirements...
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Fun Fact: Did you know that two, possibly three, government agencies oversee employer-sponsored retirement plans?  Furthermore, multiple committees in both houses of congress get involved when drafting bills and legislation that impact retirement plans. Retirement plans are both a tax benefit and employee benefit, which means that the rule book continues to be written and...
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It’s easy to misunderstand the term “fiduciary” (after all, the word has five syllables). A quick Google search will tell you that a fiduciary is a person or organization that has been entrusted to act on the behalf of someone else and is legally bound to act in their best interest. What does that mean...
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Well friends, we have a special treat for you today. We’ve brought you the latest insights from some of our best and brightest retirement plan administrators. They answer some hard-hitting questions, including the most rewarding and challenging aspects of their job, advice they have for business owners, and more. Q: What is your role at...
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The case of the undetected, costly plan errors Plan Sponsor Scenario An owner of a small company engaged a CPA to evaluate their business and switch services. The CPA reached out to EGPS to review the retirement plan when she realized there was potential for compliance issues. The EGPS Compliance Team found that the Form...
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What is the state of your finances? How much, if any, are you saving? What is your plan for retirement? What does retirement look like for you? How much will it take to finance your dreams? For some, these questions might be conversational gold. But for many, this topic can induce a lot of anxiety....
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3(16) fiduciary service definitions vary widely across the retirement plan marketplace. To ensure business owners are getting the services they want and need, it’s important they ask the right questions as they navigate the buying process. To help, we’ve compiled a list of questions for employers to ask potential 3(16) fiduciaries on the journey to...
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Growing up, my dad worked with contractors through the government. In addition, my husband has worked as a contractor for 20 years, running a plumbing business. So, needless to say, construction companies and workers have always been near and dear to my heart. I speak the language, I understand the mentality, I see the potential....
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The case of the successful private practice and the disappearing taxes Plan Sponsor Scenario A small, successful doctor’s office, was comprised of a husband and wife and a few part-time college students. The owners were paying $250,000 in quarterly taxes to the IRS, as directed by their CPA. Unfortunately, the owners (in their late 50s/early...
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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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