Independent Actuaries Blog Category: Plan Design

Ripple Effect of Delaying DB Contributions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The most prominent pension funding relief provision is an automatic extension for cash contributions due during 2020. All defined benefit plan contributions originally … Continue reading

DB Plans – Close vs. Freeze vs. Termination

In a recent blog we discussed concerns that defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors may have in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. One of those concerns regards near-term contribution requirements that may be overly burdensome when coupled with severely reduced … Continue reading

You Get What You Pay For

We are not alone at IAI in having competitors who undercut us in price; it comes with being a part of a well-functioning democracy. One particular challenge we face, though, is a general misunderstanding of what it is we do, … Continue reading

Tax Season is Over! Could Your Business Use a Deduction?

Now that the extended tax season is over, it’s a great time to consider if a qualified retirement plan is right for your business. Since contributions to these plans are deductible, setting up a qualified retirement plan is an effective … Continue reading

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

The deadline to make a contribution to a qualified defined benefit plan with a plan year of January 1st – December 31st is September 15th. If you missed this deadline and your plan has unpaid minimum required contributions, the IRS … Continue reading

IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limits for 2019

The IRS has announced the new retirement plan limits for 2019. Most limits increased from 2018 to 2019, and some stayed flat. Highlights include: The compensation limit used in determining benefits and contributions for both defined benefit and defined contribution … Continue reading

Simple, Easy Plan Hygiene

As a plan fiduciary, one of your duties is to follow the provisions of the plan. It seems simple. It should be easy. Practically speaking, it is a daunting task to read, understand, and follow all the terms of the … Continue reading

What Does a Pension Actuary Do Anyway?

When I’m asked what I do for a living, I tell people I’m a pension actuary. I explain that I work on defined benefit pension plans for employers, calculating the employers’ contribution obligations and calculating benefits for plan participants. I … Continue reading

Tips For The Self-Employed: How To Ensure A Stable Financial Future

Self-employed people aren’t always as prepared for retirement as their corporate counterparts. They don’t have their company telling them to contribute to a retirement plan that just happens to already be set up for them. Self-employed people must take the … Continue reading

Have You Noticed All of the Participant Notice Requirements?

There are potentially more participant notices that apply to a retirement plan than can be counted on both hands. Not all notices apply to all types of plans and some only apply to certain participants. Some are required quarterly, some … Continue reading