Plan Operations & Admin

Fee Payment Methods in 401(k) Plans: Know Your Options
A plan sponsor (i.e. employer) can elect to pay or allocate plan fees in a number of different ways, and it is important to understand all available options, as this is a fiduciary decision. In fact, the DOL observed in Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2003-03 that plan sponsors and fiduciaries have considerable discretion in determining,  Read More →
401(k) or 403(b)? Best Choice for a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
403(b)s and 401(k)s share more similarities than they do differences, however the glaring difference is that 403(b)s are exclusive to nonprofit organizations. Many think that nonprofits must utilize a 403(b) when choosing a retirement plan vehicle for their employees, but this is a commonly held misbelief. In fact, many nonprofit organizations have established 401(k)s in recent  Read More →
Beware of the IRS and DOL: Red Flags They Seek on the Form 5500
The Form 5500 is an ERISA requirement for retirement plans to report and disclose operating procedures to the Department of Labor. Each plan intending to comply with ERISA must file a Form 5500 annually. Auditors use these filings to confirm that plans are managed according to ERISA standards. The form also allows individuals access to  Read More →

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