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Compensation Definition for 401(k) Deferrals
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Jan. 26, 2021

"If a deferral-only plan wants to use a non-safe harbor definition of compensation for deferral purposes, such as excluding commissions, I believe there is no discrimination issue when the plan passes ADP testing using a definition of compensation that satisfies 414(s). The question is, are there any restrictions in the Code or regs (cites appreciated) for how compensation may be defined for deferral purposes -- with regard to reasonableness or nondiscrimination and so forth?"

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