Plan Options for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses

The government’s response to COVID-19 has left many facing forced closure or seismic changes to sales and expense forecasts. This new reality has left business owners looking for ways to bolster working capital while reducing fixed and other costs

2020-03-27T09:58:48-04:00March 26, 2020|Categories: Plan Design and Administration, Retirement|Tags: |

SECURE Act Impacts Employer Sponsored Defined Contribution Plans

Recent provisions to the SECURE Act make it easier for employees to save for retirement while employers and plan sponsors have new rules to follow for qualified retirement plans.

2020-01-07T12:22:11-05:00January 7, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

SECURE Act Impacts Retirement Planning

President Trump signed the latest federal government spending bill on Friday December 20, 2019. The bill includes many tax law changes and extends several expired provisions. The bill also incorporates the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019. Read on for three changes from the SECURE Act that all taxpayers should know.

2020-01-02T15:07:05-05:00December 24, 2019|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , , , |

Options Following Overpayment into a Retirement Plan

The government penalizes employers for not putting enough money into a retirement plan and for putting too much into the plan. If an overpayment occurs and funds need to be withdrawn, the ability to pull them out depends on if the excess is employee or employer money.

2020-02-10T15:46:22-05:00April 4, 2019|Categories: Employee Benefit Plans, Retirement|Tags: , |

Is Your 401(k) Plan Document Out of Date?

If your 401(k) plan document was created before 2014, chances are the document is outdated. The IRS allows you to “tack-on” amendments to your existing document but may decide it is time to restate your entire plan document whether you think it needs it or not.

2020-02-10T15:47:27-05:00February 25, 2019|Categories: Employee Benefit Plans, Retirement|Tags: , |

Facilitating Estate Planning Beyond the Estate Tax

With a threshold of $11 million per person, the estate tax has become a concern mostly for the very wealthy. While most of us don’t need to think about an estate tax when we die, there is still plenty of estate planning to be done, whether it is more financial, practical, or logistical in nature.

2019-03-19T15:15:36-04:00February 21, 2019|Categories: Estate and Trust, Retirement, Tax: Individual|Tags: |

Causes and Resolutions for a Top-Heavy Company Retirement Plan

As an abridged explanation, a company retirement plan is considered top-heavy when plan assets at the end of the previous plan year were more than 60 percent owned by the “key employees”. Learn how to deal with the causes and challenges.

2020-01-28T15:20:59-05:00November 20, 2018|Categories: Employee Benefit Plans, Retirement|Tags: , |

Company Retirement Plans Made Easier

Company retirement plans receive special tax treatment, so the IRS has restrictions on when money can be withdrawn from a 401k account in order to prevent people from using it as a regular bank account. Here are four optional ways to withdraw money from a retirement plan if the provisions are included in the plan document.

2020-01-28T15:27:10-05:00October 29, 2018|Categories: Employee Benefit Plans, Retirement|Tags: , |

Keeping Your Estate Plan Current

There is a great scene in the first "Back to the Future" movie in which Michael J. Fox, as Marty McFly, takes over for an injured band member and introduces the tune "Johnny B Goode" to the audience, just a little before it is supposed to show up on the music scene. He tells the rest of the band "This is a blues riff in B, watch me for the changes and try to keep up."

2020-01-28T13:51:22-05:00December 12, 2017|Categories: Estate and Trust, Retirement, Tax: Individual|Tags: , |