February 25 2022

Buying the Dip: Making Qualified Plan Contributions Early

The stock market has been up and down throughout 2022 so far – more down than up. A number of qualified retirement plan clients have asked us about making their 2022 plan year contributions early, the goal being to “buy the dip.”

November 05 2021

Big Jump for Qualified Plan Limits and Social Security in 2022

As a result of higher increases to the Consumer Price Index in 2021 than have been seen in recent years, Social Security benefits and qualified retirement plan limits will rise significantly in 2022, according to recent announcements from the IRS and...

October 28 2021

Ten Pension Terms That Make You Go Hmmmm...

All industries have their own lingo. The pension industry is no different. No one would expect someone who doesn’t work in the field to readily know what “AFTAP,” “SB,” “11(g),” or “rate group” mean.

August 12 2021

No 2020 Form 5500 Needed for Retroactive Qualified Plans

The IRS has announced that, for qualified retirement plans adopted in 2021 retroactive to the 2020 plan year, a 2020 Form 5500 will not be required.

November 20 2020

When It’s a Mistake to Call Something a “Mistake of Fact”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”  So goes the internet meme based on Inigo Montoya’s complaint to Vizzini about his use of the word "inconceivable" in The Princess Bride movie. In the pension business, ther...

October 29 2020

Out with 2020, In with the 2021 Retirement Plan Rates and Limits

As we head toward the close of this turbulent year, we have learned that most IRS limits related to qualified retirement plans will hold steady in 2021. Retirees receiving Social Security benefits will receive another modest increase, while PBGC prem...

April 22 2020

Coronavirus and Defined Benefit Plan Funding

This article is part of our continuing series on the coronavirus and its effects on qualified retirement plans.  Recently, we wrote about ways employees affected by the coronavirus could access money from their retirement plans.  Today, we are discus...

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, ...