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2019 Cost of Living Adjustments

January 7, 2019

2019 Cost of Living Adjustments

As the cost of living rises every year, retirement plans can be affected.  Lets take a look at the new year’s COLA adjustments for 2019.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Will You Get the new 20% Tax Deduction?

January 2, 2019

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Will You Get the new 20% Tax Deduction?

If you might not have heard yet, a new tax law was put in place this year. The new law offers a 20% tax deduction to owners of pass-through entities such as sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships. The deduction limited specified service businesses including health, law, accounting, actuarial science, performing arts, consulting, athletics, financial, brokerage, or any business where the principal business is the reputation or skill of one or more of its employees.

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2018 Year-End Retirement Plan Update

December 3, 2018

2018 Year-End Retirement Plan Update

We encourage you to be sure to adjust your 401(k) or 403(b) deferrals for your first payroll in 2019, if you would like to save the maximum allowable amount. The new limit for retirement plans is $19,000, plus another $6000 catch-up for those 50 years or older.

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Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water!

November 1, 2018

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water!

In medieval times, people shared scarce and sacred bathwater and after a baby had been bathed, the water was so murky the baby was in danger of being thrown out with the bathwater!  A common misconception about 401(k) plans is that companies are stuck with their initial 401K plan as it was originally designed….and that no changes can be made without throwing out the plan and starting over.  The parallel in the former analogy should be pretty obvious.

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Catch-Up Contributions – How Do they Work?

October 1, 2018

Catch-Up Contributions – How Do they Work?

Internal Revenue Code section 414(v) defines eligibility criteria for catch-up contributions.

A catch-up contribution is an elective deferral made by a participant at age 50 or older. It is only available if the participant’s contribution exceeds anyone of three conditions.  See Determination of Applicable limit below.

For 2018, the limitation on catch-up contributions is $6000 for 401(k) and 403(b) plans and $3000 for a SIMPLE 401(k) and SIMPLE IRA.

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