Setting up and maintaining a simplified employee pension (SEP) is probably easier than you think. The sooner you get started saving, the more secure your retirement will be, plus your business can gain tax advantages right away. Read more
Just as having an outside expert prepare your company’s tax return doesn’t get you off the hook if you have problems with your financial systems, using professional retirement plan administrators and investment advisors doesn’t absolve you of responsibility for complying with IRS regulations.
Where problems typically crop up, according to Monika Templeman, IRS Director of Employee Plan Examinations, is when “there’s a communication gap between you and the plan administrator about what the plan document provides and what documentation is needed to ensure compliance.” The following are the most common communications breakdown-related mistakes her department uncovers in audits, as described on an IRS webpage on the importance of internal control systems: Read more
Want to borrow money from your retirement plan? Not so fast. Retirement plan loans can be a viable way to get money in a crunch, but you need to follow the rules about repaying them. If you don’t, it could lead to unfavorable tax consequences, as two taxpayers recently learned the hard way in U.S. Tax Court. Read more
For years, people have questioned the viability of the Social Security system going forward. In July, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.
The report projects that the combined asset reserves of the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will become depleted in 2034, unless Congress takes action to reverse the situation.
In general, people approaching retirement age often have other questions about benefits they may be eligible to receive from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are common concerns regarding the Social Security system.