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Can We Pay Plan-Related Expenses Out of Plan Assets?

DWC 04/28/20
Facts Like many businesses, we’ve been watching our cash flow carefully over the past several weeks.  We’re making adjustments where necessary so that we can stay on top of the invoices we receive from our service providers.  Among those invoices are a few related to expenses for our 401(k) plan.  I think I’ve heard that I can pay those invoices ...
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What is a Suspense Account and Can We Use Our Forfeiture Account Instead?

DWC 12/3/19
Facts The annual compliance report that our TPA provided to us indicates that we over-funded matching contributions for certain employees and instructs us to transfer the excess amounts out of the affected participants’ accounts and into a plan suspense account.  The only problem is that I am not sure what a suspense account is.  When I spoke to ...
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Is It Possible to Split Eligibility to Allow for Deferrals but to Postpone Safe Harbor Contributions?

DWC 10/29/19
Facts We allow new employees to join our 401(k) plan on the first of the month after they are hired.  They become eligible to make deferrals and also receive the company safe harbor contribution at that time.  We don’t have high turnover, but employees who leave often do so within the first year of joining us.  We don’t mind allowing new hires to ...
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Forfeiture Account Gathering Dust? We’ve got a fix for that!

DWC 02/28/19
With all the responsibilities that come with being a plan sponsor, not to mention a business owner, your plan’s forfeiture account probably doesn’t make it anywhere near the top of the priority list.  More than likely, forfeitures are allocated to the account automatically by your plan’s recordkeeper following a participant distribution.  Then, ...
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Can Higher Than Normal Turnover Affect my 401(k) Plan? | Part 3 of 3: The Results

DWC 02/19/19
Facts In last week’s QOTW, you provided some tools we could use to identify which participants were affected by our decision to close one of our locations, and to calculate our actual turnover rate for purposes of  determining whether a partial plan termination has occurred. We’ve performed the review, and our minimum turnover rate will exceed ...
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Which 401(k) Plan Fees Can Be Paid Out of Plan Assets?

DWC 03/20/18
Facts When we first established our 401(k) plan, the company didn’t have a lot of discretionary income, so we went with a low-cost provider and set it up so the plan would pay for its own fees. We have since been told that paying fees out of the plan isn’t that straightforward.
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What Are 401(k) Plan Forfeitures and How Can They Be Used?

DWC 10/17/17
Facts We have a 401(k) plan that includes several different types of contributions—employee deferrals, a company-provided safe harbor match, and a profit sharing contribution. The plan has a 6-year graded vesting schedule.
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