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ESOP Compensation for ESOP Allocations

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

As mentioned in our prior article on ESOP Compensation for Compliance and Nondiscrimination Testing, one of the most important items that a plan sponsor will need to gather for ESOP administration purposes is plan compensation.  The legal compensation requirements are defined by the Internal Revenue Code and your specific plan requirements are defined in your plan document. 

Compensation is defined for allocating ESOP and other qualified retirement plan contributions, determining deduction limits, and nondiscrimination testing.  Depending on your plan design, there may be differing definitions for each plan component/money source (e.g. ESOP, safe harbor match, discretionary profit sharing, salary deferrals, etc.).

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Topics: Compliance, ESOP Administration

ESOP Compensation for Compliance and Nondiscrimination Testing

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Wed, Mar 25, 2015

One of the most important items that a plan sponsor will need to gather for ESOP administration purposes is plan compensation.  The legal compensation requirements are defined by the Internal Revenue Code and your specific plan requirements are defined in your plan document. 

Compensation is defined for allocating ESOP and other qualified retirement plan contributions, determining deduction limits, and nondiscrimination testing.  Depending on your plan design, there may be differing definitions for each plan component/money source (e.g. ESOP, safe harbor match, discretionary profit sharing, salary deferrals, etc.).

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Topics: Compliance, ESOP Administration, safe harbor contribution

2014 ESOP Benefit Payment Government Filings (IRS Forms 1099-R, 1096, 945)

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

If you paid any ESOP or other qualified retirement plan distribution of $10 or more last year you will have to prepare and file some information returns: Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc.

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Topics: Compliance, ESOP distributions, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

2015 ESOP Safe Harbor Contribution

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Many ESOP companies either make or have considered making a safe harbor matching or discretionary contribution in their ESOP or 401(k) plan.  As the year-end approaches, now is a good time to revisit the safe harbor contribution rules.

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Topics: Compliance, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), safe harbor contribution

ESOP Company Board of Directors Responsibilities

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Mon, Nov 10, 2014

At the time a business owner or company begins the process of exploring an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) as a component of their Business Succession Plan, many have never established a functioning Board of Directors.  More often than not, the shareholder serves as the only member of the Board, while also serving as the President of the company.  Of those that do have a Board, many operate the Board as nothing more than an extension of the senior management team to make short-term operational decisions rather than long-term, strategically focused Corporate Governance

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Topics: ESOP Corporate Governance, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Business Succession Planning

2015 ESOP and Pension Plan Limits

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

The IRS has announced the 2015 pension plan limits, including the following:

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Topics: rules and regulations, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

How an ESOP Business Succession Plan Pays For Itself

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

We have been exploring how an ESOP can be a key component of your Business Succession Plan.  Selling to an ESOP helps the business owner Maximize the After-Tax Proceeds, Providing the Greatest After-Tax Return while at the same time Increasing the Cash Flow of the Company by Eliminating the Company’s Ongoing Income Tax Obligation.  In other words, the tax savings for Incorporating an ESOP in your Business Succession Plan will provide the funding for the sale of the company to the ESOP.

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Topics: ESOP Benefits, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Business Succession Planning

Ideas for ESOP Employee Ownership Month (EOM) 2014

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

Last week was the start of ESOP Employee Ownership Month (EOM) 2014.  In my August 2013 ESOP Report article "It’s Not (Just) What You Say, It’s How Often You Say It," I discussed how EOM can also be used to promote your ESOP internally.  Daily or weekly celebrations and events are commonplace, and provide multiple opportunities to keep the ESOP fresh in the minds of your employee owners.

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Topics: ESOP, Communications and Culture

October is 2014 ESOP Employee Ownership Month

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Thu, Oct 02, 2014

ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling announced the start of Employee Ownership Month 2014:

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Topics: Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Business Succession Planning: Increase Company Cash Flow by Eliminating Taxes

Posted by Aaron Juckett on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

We have been discussing how the recent ESOP Economic Performance Survey (EPS) revealed that 93% of ESOP companies found that establishing an ESOP was “a good business decision that has helped the company.”  While there are many reasons for this, one of the significant reasons is because S Corporation ESOP companies are not subject to income taxation (federal and most states), increasing cash flow and providing the company with a competitive advantage.  Yes, you read that right, S CORPORATION ESOP COMPANIES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO INCOME TAXATION!

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Topics: ESOP Benefits, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Business Succession Planning

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2015 IRS Pension Plan Limits

401(k) Deferral Limit - $18,000

Annual Additions Limit - $53,000

Maximum Compensation Limit - $265,000

Catch-Up Contribution Limit - $6,000

Highly Compensated Employee - $120,000

ESOP 5-Year Distribution Threshold - $1,070,000

ESOP Additional Year Threshold - $210,000

2015 Pension Plan Limits

2014 Pension Plan Limits

1989 - 2013 Plan Limits