Simplifying Retirement

Setting up retirement plans can seem complex and intimidating. Follow along with us as we simplify the process, define terminology, reiterate important deadlines, and find solutions in an easy to understand method.

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What Is An HCE And How Does It Affect Your 401k Plan?

Many employers offer 401k plans to their employees for varying reasons. However, the major incentive for starting one is the plan's tax deferral benefits, which allow high contribution limits. The current contribution limit for 2021 reaches up to $19,500 for employees...

Should ESG Investments Be Included In A 401k?

The topic of adding ESG investments inside of a 401k plans has been a popular topic as of late. On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its endorsement of two rules which had been on hold under the Trump administration. The first rule that will not...

Employer Tax Benefits of a 401k

The 401k plan is among the most popular employer-sponsored retirement benefits plans in the United States. Data indicates that there were approximately 600,000 401k plans in 2020, with about 60 million active contributors.  In this article, we’ll discuss employer tax...

Simple IRA vs. 401k | The Pitfalls of a Simple IRA

Choosing between a Simple IRA vs. a 401k can be overwhelming. After all, the plan that you choose will determine the trajectory of your small business going forward. Among other things, your decision for a retirement plan will determine your: Own retirement prospects...
Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan Deadlines

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan Deadlines

For many small business owners, establishing a Safe Harbor 401k plan is beneficial and is a choice worth looking at as it provides excellent tax and retirement benefits for both the employer and employee.  By having a great retirement plan for your employees, you...

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The Benefits of Auto-Enrollment

The Benefits of Auto-Enrollment

To attract the best employees, you need to have a great benefits package.  Besides offering insurance, having an employee retirement plan is an excellent incentive for retaining top talent.  Having a retirement plan with auto-enrollment provides great benefits to both...

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How Does Profit Sharing Work?

How Does Profit Sharing Work?

When it comes to offering retirement benefits to your employees, you have more options than just offering a 401k.  So, how does profit sharing work? Profit sharing can be a great option for employers who want to give their employees a little extra towards retirement,...

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How To Grow The Family Business

How To Grow The Family Business

In 1921, William and Salie Utz began selling potato chips, hand-cooked in their home kitchen, packaged in brown paper bags. Today, Utz Potato Chips is the leading conglomerate in the snack food industry.  In today's market, about 90% of American businesses are...

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What Happens In A 401(k) Audit?

What Happens In A 401(k) Audit?

Yes, 401(k)s can be audited.  But, before you race to your file cabinet to find your records, let us explain what this means and we'll dive into what happens in a 401(k) audit. Federal law requires that 401(k)s and other types of retirement plans to be audited.  The...

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How To Become An Absentee Owner

How To Become An Absentee Owner

"Let’s be honest.  If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably thought of how to become an absentee owner one day.   The notion that your company cannot operate without you forces you to assume a few mundane tasks from each department, and you become the...

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What Is A Forfeiture Account?

What Is A Forfeiture Account?

If you make contributions to your employee's 401k plan, you may have built up amounts called forfeitures.   What is a forfeiture account?  A forfeiture is the non-vested portion of an employee's account balance.  For example, if an employee is 40% vested in your...

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5 Unique and Creative Employee Benefits

5 Unique and Creative Employee Benefits

For most people, landing a new job is not just about how much money they're going to make, but about the employee benefits they'll receive.  According to research from Glassdoor, 57% of people said benefits and perks are among their top considerations before they...

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Tax Credits for 401ks for Small Business Owners

Tax Credits for 401ks for Small Business Owners

A lot has changed in the last few months for small businesses, but one of the positive changes we've seen comes from the SECURE Act. Previously, employers who had implemented a 401(k) plan for their company received a flat $500 tax-credit, which wasn't enough of an...

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Should You Establish A 4 Day Work-Week?

Should You Establish A 4 Day Work-Week?

As employers, there are a lot of things on our minds consistently. How do we increase productivity? How do we retain our workers and keep them happy? How do we become more profitable? There’s been a trending topic that claims to address each of these issues, so we...

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Do I Need a Financial Advisor for a 401K?

Do I Need a Financial Advisor for a 401K?

You might be wondering if you need a financial advisor for your 401(k). Many employers, especially small business owners, are hard at work managing their own business and working closely with their customers or clients. A financial advisor can help you tackle the...

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Retirement Plan Options

Traditional 401K
  • Allows the owner to mold the plan around the goals of the company.
  • Can create your own matching and vesting schedule.
  • Multiple Investment Options.
  • Choice of Record Keeper.
  • Both Pre-tax and Roth options inside the plan.
  • Compliance and administration Support.

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Safe Harbor 401K
  • Allows the owner to maximize contributions without relying on high employee participation.
  • “Turn-key” matching and vesting options for easy compliance testing.
  • Multiple Investment Options.
  • Both Pre-tax and Roth Options inside the plan.
  • Choice of Record Keeper.
  • Compliance and adminstration Support

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: If you want to start a Safe Harbor 401(k)s before the end of the year, there is a deadline of October 1st.

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Simple IRA
  • “Turn-key” matching and vesting options.
  • Pre-tax contributions only.
  • Multiple Investment Options.
  • Your choice of employment qualification into the plan.
  • No administration costs.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: If you want to start a Simple IRA before the end of the year, there is a deadline of October 1st.

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Individual 401K
  • Will allow the owner to contribute 100% of your income up to a certain point.
  • Allows the company to match your contribution.
  • Multiple Investment Options.
  • Choice of Pre-tax or Roth Contributions.
  • Compliance Support

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SEP IRA
  • Allows the owner to contribute up to 25% of your income.
  • All contributions are pre-tax.
  • Employee contributions are NOT allowed. (employer must do same amount of contribution as their own)
  • Multiple Investment Options.
  • Compliance Support

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Payroll Deducted IRA
  • Gives your company the feel of a retirement plan for your employees, even if you’re not quite ready for a 401k.
  • Allows your employees to contribute towards retirement straight out of their paycheck.
  • Choice of Pre-tax or Roth contributions.
  • Matching contributions from the employer are not required.
  • Easy online portal for the employer to submit employee contributions.
  • No administration or compliance required.

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