So, it’s time for another OPEB valuation under GASB 75 and the actuary is asking for the “covered employee payroll” for the fiscal year or measurement period. While OPEB benefits are rarely impacted by compensation or covered employee payroll, such a figure is a required disclosure item under GASB 75 and hence that’s why you’re…

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A recent study by Employee Fiduciary examined the negative aspects of automatic employee enrollment in 401(k) plans, particularly for smaller plans. Only 8.7% of small business plans (average of 25 participants with assets of $1M) automatically enroll eligible employees as opposed to 68% of larger plans. Why the contrast when automatic enrollment is traditionally seen as an…

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If you’d like to move to a 401(k) for 2018, you must notify employees by 11/2 As your business or that of your clients has grown, you may be thinking it’s time to upgrade your retirement plan from a SIMPLE-IRA to a 401(k) Plan. The issue is that you can’t switch mid-year as IRS rules…

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OPEB, GASB 74 & GASB 75

GASB 74 is required for plan level financial reporting while GASB 75 is required for employer or plan sponsor level financial reporting  for municipal entities subject to GASB reporting that offer OPEB (medical, dental & life insurance for former employees & retirees) type benefits. GASB 74 – key issues to consider Are you prefunding your OPEB benefits…

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401k

S-Corporations, Distributions, W-2 Wages, Self-Employment Tax, 401k & Pension Plans & their interaction – it’s all about balance. So, you’ve talked to your accountant & they tell you to minimize your W-2 wages to limit your self-employment taxes. Then, you talk to your investment advisor and they explain the advantages of tax-qualified retirement plans such…

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401k

Generally 401(k) deferrals & contributions are allowed, but there are exceptions. The biggest issue to consider is whether or not the member/owner is providing material services that are income producing for the LLC. Here is the basic checklist or list of things to consider: Under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(c)(1), the IRS states that “employee”…

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This, of course, is one of the key questions that a Treasurer, Auditor, Accountant or School Business manager has when they begin researching the costs of GASB OPEB compliance. Here at Odyssey Advisors, I get this question hundreds of times each year from entities large & small. We understand. Price, among many factors, matters. Especially…

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Pay attention to the language in your employee handbook! In summary judgement this week, US District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee dismissed a suit filed by General Electric (“GE”) retirees claiming the plaintiffs have “not shown that they were cognizably harmed by GE’s fiduciary conduct with respect to the plans.”. In 2012, GE eliminated its…

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Vanguard How America Saves 2017 based on 2016 Defined Contribution Data - Target-Date funds roll on

Vanguard Group recently issued their 110 page “How America Saves 2017” report on the behavior of defined contribution plan participants in the plans that they record-keep. The trend toward professionally managed options – primarily target-date funds – continues with 53% of participants using such accounts in 2016 (46% were in a single target-date fund). This is…

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Euler's Team van - Hood to Coast

When traveling for business (or pleasure), I see many things. However, as a mathematics major working as an Actuary, it was a pleasure to come across the Team Euler van from the Hood to Coast race here in Portland, OR. As one who recalls having to memorize Euler’s number to 15 decimal places in 11th…

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