If your business offers a 401(k) plan—or another type of qualified retirement plan—you have been completing and submitting a 5500 form every year since the plan was initiated. And every year the IRS, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation use the information contained in the 5500 to assess your plan’s compliance and its ability to protect the employees who are contributing.
Part-time employees may play an important role in your business, which can be a good thing for your bottom line - and can allow welcome flexibility for your employees, too. Many companies, from manufacturing to healthcare, are reaping the benefits of a multifaceted workforce.
But, if you are offering your employees a 401(k) plan as part of your benefits package, it's not safe to assume your part-timers are automatically exempt from the plan. IRS regulations govern this aspect of retirement plans, with formulas for determining minimum age and service requirements, and other stipulations related to part-timers.
This month's newsletter spells out some of the most important need-to-know facts about your part-time team members and your 401(k) program. We hope you'll take a close look, then give us a call. We're here to help you navigate the complexities.
It might not surprise you to hear that the IRS has some fairly complicated rules governing compensation levels and retirement plan contributions. In fact, the IRS reports that a good number of plan sponsors get this key issue wrong - a mistake that can cost both time and money.
This month’s newsletter takes a look at current IRS rules to help clear some of the confusion. Find out how bonuses, reimbursements and overtime affect reported compensation. Learn about pre-participation and post-severance compensation. And because a single newsletter can’t cover a topic as complex as this one, we invite you to give us a call. Let us help you navigate the complexities and stay compliant.
When Mistakes Happen
When we work with you as your third-party administrator, we commit to keeping your retirement plan compliant and error-free. And we take that commitment seriously. But as the saying goes, mistakes happen, even with the best intentions and cross-check systems in place. And there are more than a few challenges to keeping a retirement plan on the rails and moving forward. IRS compliance is one sure way to avoid running off the track. And, believe it or not, that often-feared agency has programs in place to help plan administrators make the corrections needed to keep things running smoothly.