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James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Converge, Volume 12: What’s New with the Form 5500?

December 07, 2016 | Retirement Plans

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new conflict of interest rule creates many new administrative requirements and disclosure requirements for fiduciaries. The requirements themselves can be daunting, but so too is the prospect of enforcing compliance. For that, the DOL empowered the plaintiff’s …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Three Considerations For Small Business Owners When Implementing a Retirement Plan

November 17, 2016 | Retirement Plans

Business owners looking to implement a new qualified retirement plan—like a §401(k) plan or a cash balance plan—for the 2016 calendar year must have the plan document signed by 12/31/2016 for the earliest allowable effective date of 01/01/2016. Here are some important points to consider about …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Regulatory FAQs: Cash Balance Plans

October 27, 2015 | Retirement Plans

Cash balance pension plans are growing in popularity, but I don’t know much about them. How is a cash balance plan different from a traditional defined benefit pension plan? It’s best to start this discussion with an illustration. If you were given a choice between the following two pension …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Profit Sharing Allocation Methods - The Better Part of Discretion

May 13, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Most Profit Sharing/401(k) Plan sponsors have the basic understanding that the plan contributions must not discriminate in favor of the owners and other highly paid participants over non-owners and non-highly paid participants. Many business owners interpret this to mean “I can’t contribute more …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » What is a Cash Balance Plan?

April 03, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Cash Balance Plans have been around for many years, but were fraught with controversy stemming from age-discrimination lawsuits brought against plan sponsors who converted their traditional Defined Benefit (DB) Plans to Cash Balance Plans. It was not until the passage of the Pension Protection …


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