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SECURE ACT Safe Harbor Amendments and Retirement Plans

SECURE ACT Safe Harbor Amendments and Retirement Plans

How does the SECURE Act affect safe harbor retirement plans? Among the many recent changes to retirement plans, three provisions of the SECURE Act impact safe harbor plans. The provisions center around notice requirements and safe harbor 401(k) plan design to decrease...

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SECURE Act Changes for Part Time Employees

SECURE Act Changes for Part Time Employees

Some Payroll Solutions Could Cost Employers Thousands Because of the SECURE Act  Beginning on January 1st, 2021, employers who do not track how many hours their employees work every year risk incurring hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in unexpected costs. These...

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Sidecar Accounts

Sidecar Accounts

Before the retirement community shifted to a pretax 401(k) system in the 1980s, many companies offered a supplemental savings account (to be used for short-term emergencies) to complement the defined benefit (DB) plans of their employees. These supplemental savings...

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Hardship Withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released its Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Distributions from Section 401(k) Plans. And on March 7, 2017 they released a similar memorandum regarding section 403(b) plans. These two statements outlined the...

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The Cadillac Tax

Health insurance has always been a hot topic of conversation both in the political and financial worlds, and it’s easy to see why, especially in recent years. Health care costs continue to skyrocket, not just for individuals, but also for employer-sponsored health...

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Is PBGC Coverage Required for Your Plan?

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation was established on September 2, 1974 under President Gerald R. Ford with the signing of ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act). According to Ford, “Under this law, the men and women of our labor force will have...

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Better Solutions for Today’s Retirement

With the introduction of 401(k) plans in 1980, the responsibility for retirement contributions shifted from the employer to the employee. Unfortunately, the employee had no way of gauging what those contributions should be, or how the contributions should be invested....

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Employees & Short-Term Value

In today’s world of instant gratification, it’s no wonder that workers value short-term benefits the most. According to a worldwide study of more than 10,000 workers conducted by Mercer, a salary increase was preferred over all types of benefits. While...

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