October 16 2019

What Is the REAL Deadline for Making Plan Contributions?

When it comes to depositing employer contributions into qualified retirement plans, we are often asked what the deadline is for making these contributions.  Believe it or not, that is not an easy question to answer.  I suppose one way to look at it i...

January 09 2019

What Is a Cash Balance Plan?

Our firm provides third party administrative services for both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) plans. There is a type of plan called “cash balance” that sort of falls in between. While they are technically DB plans, they have some ...

November 14 2018

Can You Have a Maximum DB Plan Without Much Current Compensation? Yes, SIR!

It is generally the case that the more compensation one earns, the bigger the contributions and benefits he may receive from a qualified retirement plan. The limits on salary deferrals in 401(k) plans, annual additions in defined contribution plans, ...

September 19 2018

Is Your Employer Cheating You on Your Pension Lump Sum?

I took a call recently from an employee participating in a defined benefit pension plan that is being terminated. As part of the plan termination, the employee had been offered a lump sum buyout. He could take either a monthly pension or a single lum...

August 22 2018

Make Defined Benefit Plan Contributions By September 15, 2018 Even Though It’s a Saturday

You might be aware that if the due date for a tax return occurs on a weekend or holiday, that due date is moved to the next business day. This has happened a couple of times in recent years with the dreaded April 15 due date for personal tax returns ...

June 20 2018

Deductible Limits for Defined Benefit and Combo Plans

This is the second in a two-part series about deductible contribution limits to qualified retirement plans.  The first part last week covered the limits to defined contribution plans.  The tax-deductibility of qualified retirement plan contributions ...