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The Ultimate Guide to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

The Ultimate Guide to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

By: Eric Droblyen

March 30th 2022

Safe harbor 401(k) plans are popular with small businesses that struggle to pass IRS-mandated nondiscrimination testing. Our guide answers common questions.
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Bundled or Unbundled 401(k) Provider – How to Choose

Bundled or Unbundled 401(k) Provider – How to Choose

By: Eric Droblyen

November 10th 2021

Bundled (or full-service) 401k providers deliver all of the major plan administration services, while unbundled providers must ally with other companies to do so.
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Is Your Company Part of a Controlled Group?  You Need to Know or Risk 401(k) Plan Disqualification

Is Your Company Part of a Controlled Group?  You Need to Know or Risk 401(k) Plan Disqualification

By: Eric Droblyen

May 26th 2021

IRS controlled group rules often obligate 2 or more employers with common ownership to cover their employees with the same 401k plan in order to pass annual nondiscrimination testing.
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Starting a 401(k)? A Short Initial Plan Year is Probably a Bad Idea

Starting a 401(k)? A Short Initial Plan Year is Probably a Bad Idea

By: Eric Droblyen

April 14th 2021

401(k) plans must define a plan year cycle for annual administration. Most new plans should avoid a short plan year for first year administration.
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401(k) Investments - Options for Selecting a “Prudent” Menu

401(k) Investments - Options for Selecting a “Prudent” Menu

By: Eric Droblyen

September 30th 2020

Inappropriate investment selection is a top cause of 401(k) lawsuits today. This trouble can be easily avoided with some impartial investment guidance.
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Small Business 401(k) Tax Credits – Including SECURE Act Enhancements

Small Business 401(k) Tax Credits – Including SECURE Act Enhancements

By: Eric Droblyen

September 16th 2020

The SECURE Act lowered the out-of-pocket cost of starting a new small business 401(k) plan by enhancing the tax credits available to business owners.
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Deadlines for 401(k) Adoption – Including SECURE Act Changes

Deadlines for 401(k) Adoption – Including SECURE Act Changes

By: Eric Droblyen

September 2nd 2020

The SECURE Act made it easier for businesses to adopt a new 401(k) plan or add a safe harbor feature to an existing plan by extending the deadlines to do so.
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How Much Time Does Annual 401(k) Administration Take?

How Much Time Does Annual 401(k) Administration Take?

By: Eric Droblyen

July 8th 2020

401(k) administration shouldn't take small businesses much time. A quality provider will do the heavy lifting, leaving an owner with basic tasks to complete.
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How to Attribute Family Ownership When 401(k) Plan Testing

How to Attribute Family Ownership When 401(k) Plan Testing

By: Eric Droblyen

November 27th 2019

Under the 401(k) family attribution rules, individuals are attributed the ownership of family members. These rules can greatly affect plan test results.
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401(k) Amendment Rules – Strict, but (Mostly) Straightforward

401(k) Amendment Rules – Strict, but (Mostly) Straightforward

By: Eric Droblyen

September 18th 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has strict rules for amending 401(k) plan documents. To stay out of trouble, employers should understand some amendment basics.
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