Self Employment Compensation and Your Retirement Plan

September 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Do you know what definition of compensation should be used for your retirement plan?   Are you calculating contributions on the right definition?  A common trouble spot is compensation for the self-employed.

Communication between  the plan sponsor and the third party administrator can help decrease the probability of error.  It is important that whoever is calculating your contributions and performing your testing know whether you are a sole proprietor, partnership, or other entity such as an LLC where the members have elected to be taxed as self-employed.  The calculation for compensation may require some adjustment, and the IRS has a great article detailing the issue at http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/Self-Employed-Individuals-Calculating-Your-Own-Retirement-Plan-Contribution-and-Deduction.

I bring up these questions to help prompt plan sponsors to consider areas to review in order to ensure their retirement plan is in compliance.  Since many third party administrators never ask this question, I strongly recommend that all plan sponsors double check any contribution calculations to verify that the software is calculating them correctly.  If you think there is an error, ask your third party administrator to explain their calculations.  It is important that everyone understand and agree that the plan calculations are accurate.

Please consider buying my book, A Short Guide to Finding a High Value, Low Fee Third Party Administrator (TPA) for Your Retirement Plan, available at amazon.com and https://www.createspace.com/3964647. My goal is to help plan sponsors make the best decision they can when selecting a  TPA. I understand how difficult a decision this can be when you do not know what skills and credentials to look for. I have created this book to ease the process and enable plan sponsors to make good choices through my insights from working in the industry.

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Christine Gurney

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