Retirement & 401K


Associated Pension Consultants is an independent third party administration firm offering a variety of retirement plan solutions benefiting clients across the United States. At Associated Pension Consultants, we perform a full range of ongoing administrative and recordkeeping services including daily valuation of accounts, plan year end valuations, compliance testing, and government reporting. We provide experienced administration for the following types of retirement plans:

401(k) Plans (Traditional, Safe Harbor, Roth, and Simple)

Traditional 401(k) Plan

A 401(k) plan allows employees to contribute a portion of their income to an employer sponsored retirement plan on a pre-tax basis. The employer may choose to contribute matching amounts into the plan. The employer can also use the plan to provide profit sharing contributions to all eligible employees. Highly compensated employee deferral and match contributions are limited by discrimination testing.

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan

This plan is similar to the traditional 401(k) plan with the exception that highly compensated employee contributions are not limited by the discrimination testing. The employer must either make a 3% safe harbor non-elective contribution or a safe harbor match contribution of at least 100% of compensation on the first 3% deferred by the employee plus 50% on the next 2% deferred. Both of these safe harbor contributions are 100% vested immediately

Roth 401(k) Plan

With a Roth feature, the employee does not get a tax deduction at the time of the deferral contribution (it’s an after tax contribution), but all assets at retirement are tax free, including earnings. A plan with a Roth feature must also have the traditional pre-tax deferral option as well.

SIMPLE 401(k) Plan

These plans eliminate many of the testing requirements of a standard 401(k) plan in exchange for restrictions on contributions, and the timing of setup and communication of annual employer contribution requirements to employees

Profit Sharing Plans (Traditional, New Comparability, Integrated, and Age Weighted)

Traditional Profit Sharing Plan

This plan type was designed for employees to share in the employer profits. Employer contributions are generally allocated to the participants in proportion to their compensation.

New Comparability PS Plan

Also referred to as a Cross Tested Plan. The goal of this type of plan is to maximize benefits for a group of employees (usually owners) while minimizing the contributions required for other groups (usually non-owners). Employees are divided into groups (or classes) with set contribution rates for each group.

Integrated Formula PS Plan

This type of plan correlates the employer contribution formula with Federal Social Security benefits. The Internal Revenue Code allows additional allocations to the compensation in excess of the Social Security Taxable Wage Base because these dollars do not accrue social security benefits.

Age Weighted PS Plan

The age-weighted profit sharing plan is a retirement plan design that allows employers to make contributions based on an employee’s age as well as salary. Under this arrangement, there is a chance for older employees to receive contributions that are much larger than those received by younger workers.

403(b) Plan

A 403(b) plan is a retirement savings plan sponsored by 501(c)(3) entities (non-profit organizations) for their employees. These plans have many similarities to 401(k) plans, but have different rules on contribution limits, discrimination requirements, and other administrative requirements.

Money Purchase Plans

For money purchase plan, the annual employer contribution is fixed by a formula stated in the plan document. The employer must contribute according to the plan’s established formula.


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