How Should We Handle It If We Accidentally Overfund Our 401(k) Match?

DWC | 02/20/18

Facts

Our company sponsors a safe harbor 401(k) plan with a match, and we also make a profit sharing contribution each year. Our payroll company calculates match and profit sharing contributions along the way, and we fund both of those each pay period. This year, when our TPA calculated the total match and profit sharing contributions for the year, we discovered that we funded more than we needed to throughout the year.

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Starting A New 401(k) Plan? Make Sure You Start On Time

DWC | 02/13/18

Facts

We are planning to establish a new 401(k) plan for our employees. Between getting set up with a recordkeeper, selecting the investment menu, working with our TPA to prepare the plan documents and getting the employees enrolled, there are a lot of moving parts to coordinate. We want to launch the plan as soon as possible, but we also don’t want to back ourselves into a corner if we cannot get everything set up in time.

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Hardship Distributions Will Soon Be Less of a Hardship

Adam C. Pozek | 02/9/18

In the wee hours of this morning, Congress passed a spending bill to end the most recent government shutdown that had just begun at midnight. Although the bill was focused on funding the government and dealt with military spending and other items, a couple of retirement-plan-related provisions managed to find their way in.

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Should We Split Our 401(k) Plan to Avoid the Annual Audit?

DWC | 02/6/18

Facts

Our company has been growing over the last couple of years, which is a good thing. However, after seeing your last two Questions of the Week (here and here), I am concerned about the need to have our 401(k) plan audited. We are committed to keeping the plan in compliance, but I cringe at the thought of searching for an auditor and dealing with the related costs.

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How Do You Select a CPA for Your Annual 401(k) Audit?

DWC | 01/30/18

Facts

With over 100 participants in our 401(k) plan in 2017, we have learned that our plan will now require an audit each plan year from an Independent Qualified Public Accountant (IQPA). This will be the first year the plan is subject to an audit. The idea of beginning this process is daunting and a little unnerving, to say the least!

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When Does My Plan Need An Outside Audit?

DWC | 01/23/18

Facts

We are a small business that has been growing quite a bit in the last couple of years and are now up to about 100 employees. Our company has a 401(k) plan and most of the employees who are eligible for it are contributing. We have been told that because of the size of our plan, we might need to have it audited each year by an outside accounting firm.

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DWC in Business News Daily: Tax Policy Changes in 2018

DWC | 01/22/18

As we move into the new year, Business News Daily's Adam Uzialko advises businesses to stay up to date on new regulatory policies and debates.

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How Should a Plan Sponsor Handle Required Minimum Distributions For Missing or Nonresponsive Participants?

DWC | 01/16/18

Facts

One of our employees retired on July 31, 2017 at age 73.  During her tenure with the company she was an active participant in the 401(k) plan, accumulating a balance while having never taken a distribution to date.  Now that she’s terminated, I understand she’s subject to required minimum distributions, with the first one due by April 1, 2018.

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DWC in Bloomberg: Pension Funds and Bitcoin Futures

DWC | 01/8/18

Regulated exchanges such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange, CME Group, and Nasdaq are either already trading or planning to trade bitcoin futures, an asset that is known to be particularly volatile and risky.

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DWC in Kiplinger: Leveraging a Backdoor Roth IRA

DWC | 12/28/17

If Roth IRAs offer a legitimate long-term savings strategy by allowing people to generate tax-free income, why do less than a third of IRA investors have such an account? The short answer is income limits; taxpayers above certain levels can't invest directly into a Roth IRA.

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