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What Are My Options (and Deadlines) for Implementing a Retirement Plan This Year?

DWC 08/11/20
Facts We’ve been debating implementing a 401(k) plan for 2020. After much back and forth, we’ve decided its “a go!” for this year. Since we are still in a more relaxed summer vacation mode, we’d like to wait until sometime this fall to really get rolling on implementation.
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Can We Offer Additional Matching Contributions Without Losing our Safe Harbor Status?

DWC 08/4/20
Facts We currently sponsor a 401(k) plan for our company. While we certainly want to be able to provide meaningful benefits to the owners, our goal is to encourage all our employees to save more for their retirement, and to reward those who do. We were failing our annual testing, so we implemented a safe harbor provision to provide a matching ...
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Can We Offer Higher Profit Sharing Contributions to Employees Based on Performance?

DWC 07/28/20
Facts We’ve had a 401(k) plan for years, but we are now looking at ways to make it a more strategic part of our overall compensation package. In one of your previous Questions of the Week, you mentioned that we cannot really give employees the choice between higher pay or a profit sharing contribution, but we would like to explore ways to use ...
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Can We Increase Profit Sharing Contributions and Decrease Salaries to Improve Testing and Save Money?

DWC 07/21/20
Facts We want to make job offers to some new employees and are looking strategically at our overall compensation package. Some of these candidates are seeking upwards of $130,000 which will make them highly compensated employees (HCEs) in 2021. We are thinking about negotiating a lower salary of $100,000 with a promise of $30,000 in profit sharing ...
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401(k) vs 403(b): Which Is the Best Choice for My Non-Profit?

DWC 06/23/20
Facts As the director of a not-for-profit organization, I’m looking at retirement plan options for our employees. The fiscal year ends June 30th and I’d love to implement something to benefit our employees beginning with the new year.
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The 2020 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

DWC 11/6/19
The IRS has released the 2020 contribution limits! Since not everyone was awaiting them quite as eagerly as we were, here is a quick summary.
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Is It Possible to Avoid an Audit for the First (Short) Year of Our Plan?

DWC 10/1/19
Facts Our company has about 200 employees, and we launched a new 401(k) plan on October of last year.  We were eager for all of our existing employees to get excited about this new benefit, so we waived the waiting period to join so that everyone would be eligible on day one.  The good news is that it worked, and we had a lot of our employees sign ...
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What is a Successor Plan and Does It Prevent Me from Starting a New 401(k) Plan?

DWC 09/10/19
Facts My company used to sponsor a 401(k) plan for my employees.  Due to an unforeseen financial hardship, we terminated the plan two years ago.  Now that we are back on solid footing, I would like to start up another 401(k) plan.  I checked with the TPA we were working with, and they said something about a possible successor plan issue.  I’m not ...
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How Do We Identify Highly Compensated Employees for the First Year Our Company Exists?

DWC 08/27/19
Facts We established our company on February 1st of this year, and now we are planning to launch our 401(k) plan.  We know there are number of tests and determinations that require us to look at company history, but as a new company, we don’t really have much of a history to look at.
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Who Are All the Providers Servicing My Plan & What Do They Do?

DWC 08/20/19
Facts I sponsor a small 401(k) plan for my employees.  Sometimes, I get confused about which service provider to go to for different plan-related questions.  Time and efficiency are important to me (and so is cost), and it seems like having all these different providers might be overkill.  Recently, I was talking to a friend who is also a business ...
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