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  1. We were just notified by a brokerage firm that our client, sole shareholder of his PC apparently over contributed to the employee portion of the plan. When reviewing the contribution history from 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017, it would appear as though the balance of his elective contribution was for the prior year. He is not eligible to make catch-ups. I know that sole proprietors have until the due date of the business tax return including extension to contribute to the plan, including any employe contributions, but I do not think that applies to shareholders?
  2. A sponsor is top heavy in the initial plan year (i.e. 2015). We accrue an end of year match to reduce the TH ratio below the 60% threshold that would in effect, get them out of top heavy for both the initial and subsequent plan years. They neglect to fund the match. During 2017 can they still fund the end-of-year 2015 match to reduce the TH ratio, or does that option go away and they now must fund the 2015 and 2016 3% top heavy allocation? Thanks for any input.
  3. A participant worked for 12.9 years under an union negotiated plan that provides for $50 per year of credited service. in 2010 at the age of 66 1/2 he transfers to a different job within the same company that has a defined benefit plan which is based on a formula that takes a percentage of his highest 5 years of salary multiples it by the years of credited service offset by the same percentage of his social security times years of credited service. the formula looks like this (1.5% X Average Monthly Earnings X Yrs Credited Service) - (1.5% X Monthly Social Security Benefit X Yrs Credited Service) = Monthly Benefit. the participant is now 73 years of age and wishes to retire. The current plan specifies that after 5 years of vesting service under the new plan all benefits will be calculated under the new plan provisions. (This is referred to an an all service benefit) Under the plan provisions the participant must apply for benefits to establish his retirement date. The plan states that a participant becomes vested the earlier of 5 years of vesting service or attaining his 65th birthday. The plan provides for continued accruals until the actual date of separation. The plan requires an actuarial increase of benefits after December 31st of the year the participant reaches 70 1/2 and for every year following. There are no provisions in the plan for offsets or 'higher of' type calculations. The plan allows for suspension of benefits but none was issued. The plan provides for actuarial increases of benefits at NRA or actual separation form employment, whichever is later. On December 31st, 2013 the participant is still employed and has passed his 70 1/2 date triggering the first actuarial increase and an added year of accrual. The participant was still under a split calculation. i.e. $645 + (1.5% X AME X 4) - (1.5% X SSB X 4) = Benefit. On December 31st, 2014 the participant has 5 years vesting service under the new plan and there should be both an actuarial increase and an added year of accrual. The calculation now becomes (1.5% X AME X 17.9) - (1.5% X SSB X 17.9) + Benefit. The same scenario continues until 2016 when the participant request a retirement date. The first question is how do you deal with the split calculation of December 31st, 2013. Do you do an actuarial increase on the union negotiated plan result starting on December 31st, 2013 or starting on December 31st, 2009? The participant was fully vested and did not accrue any additional benefits form that date. The second question is how do you bring the 2013 adjustments into the later calculations? The all service calculation of 2014 and later is much higher than the fully adjusted benefit of 2013.
  4. Are there special rules that might apply to a collectively bargained plan for allocation condition purposes? In this takeover plan, the collective bargaining agreement was found to have required that the match be allocated on a monthly basis and that the participant work 120 hours in a month to get the match for that month. This would exceed the annual 1,000 hour DOL rule that typically applies.
  5. How do you calculate the Average Benefit if you are testing the plan on both allocations and accruals. I know if you test on accural, you use the ABT for accuals, and if you test on allocation, you use the ABT for allocations, but what happens if you are passing the rate group testing by testing some on alloactions and some on accurals - what average benefit test do/can you use? Do you have to take the ABT for the employees tested on allocations and do a seperate ABT for those testing on accurals? Thanks for your input
  6. I have client that is planning on terminating their cash balance plan. If participants in a cash balance plan accrue the benefit after 1000 hours, and the plan terminates 9 months into the year, are they only entited to 9/12 of a benefit? If so, we will wait until Decemebr 31 to terminate, if not we will start the process now. I know for profit sharing plans, if the plan terminates 9 months into the year, the max profit sharing of $52,000 is reduced to 9/12 or $39,000. Thanks
  7. I have a potential client who's plan document is written as such that the cash benefit is accrued as of the last day of the year (12/31). I was under the impression it could not be accrued on the last day, but had to be before then. (I normally see accrued after 1000 hours, or accrued monthly). Are you permited to accrue a benefit on the last day of the year for a defined benefit plan?
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