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@401kBasics Plan Sponsor Quick Tips: Test Results

Each Monday 401kBasics posts a new tip as a part of our series “Plan Sponsor Quick Tips”. This series is designed to assist plan sponsors in filling their fiduciary role and running their retirement plan efficiently. Your feedback or suggestions … Continue reading

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IRS Issues Guidance on 2009 Required Minimum Distribution Waiver

IR-2009-85, Sept. 24, 2009 WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance for retirement plan administrators, plan participants and retirees regarding recent legislation affecting required minimum distributions. The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 waives required minimum … Continue reading

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The Fix Is In: Common Plan Mistakes – Top-Heavy Errors in Defined Contribution Plans

The Issue Many of you have a 401(k) plan or some other form of defined contribution plan that needs to meet what are called “top-heavy plan rules.” These rules are found in section 416 of the Internal Revenue Code. The … Continue reading

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Some Frequently Asked Questions

This is in no way a complete list of questions, but it represents many of the topics that concern clients, brokers and employees What are ADP/ACP Tests? A test designed to prevent discrimination in 401(k) plans. It compares the amount … Continue reading

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What is a 1099R?

Form 1099R is an IRS form reporting a taxpayer’s distributions from pensions, annuities, IRAs, insurance contracts, profit-sharing plans and/or retirement plans (including section 457 state and local government plans). Form 1099R must be sent to the taxpayer by January 31 … Continue reading

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ERISA plan record retention: how long is long enough?

Attorney Rush Nigot blogging about Document Retention and Electronic Discovery on his new Blog, Rush on Business, tells us that in today’s business environment, organizations need to respond to an increasing number of document requests, from regulatory compliance issues to … Continue reading

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Vesting – When is a Year a Year?

(Posted at August 27, 2009) We are coming out of the recession and our economy is showing increased signs of strength every day. However, job losses, while subsiding a bit, are continuing and the employment situation will be in a … Continue reading

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Choosing a Retirement Plan: Money Purchase Plan

Highlights: Money purchase plans have required contributions. That is, you, as the employer, are required to make a contribution, on behalf of the plan participants, to the plan each year. With a money purchase plan, the plan states the contribution … Continue reading

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Choosing a Retirement Plan: Profit-Sharing Plan

Highlights: Guess what. You don’t need profits in order to make contributions to a profit-sharing plan. Of course, having a profit would probably make it easier to actually contribute something. Contributions to a profit-sharing plan are discretionary. There is no … Continue reading

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Has your company’s layoff caused a partial termination of your retirement plan?

Maybe you have been forced to lay off employees because of a price collapse in your industry or to brace for economic challenges ahead. Maybe you have been forced to cease operations at one of your business locations. Or maybe … Continue reading

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