Will New 401(k) Compliance Testing Issues Arise Because of COVID-19 Workforce Changes?

Fulcrum Partners Reports on 401(k) Compliance Testing Issues Created by COVID-19 Workforce Changes

August 13, 2020
Fulcrum Partners

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — (August 13, 2020) Fulcrum Partners, a leading executive benefits advisory, announces the publication of “Will New 401(k) Compliance Testing Issues Arise Because of COVID-19 Workforce Changes?” The white paper, written by Fulcrum Partners Managing Director and Partner, Steve Broadbent, examines how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating challenges for plan sponsors required to perform specific nondiscrimination tests on the 401(k) plans they offer employees.

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Fulcrum Partners Managing Director and Partner, Steve Broadbent

Steve Broadbent said, “Plan sponsors are required to perform specific tests to help ensure that a 401(k) plan does not favor business owners or other highly compensated employees. However, COVID-19 has dramatically increased the number of furloughs, terminations and reductions in pay at many organizations, thereby altering the required mathematical ratios that must be maintained with regard to highly compensated employees and non-highly compensated employees.”

The report, available on Deferred Compensation News, explains how the failure of a qualified plan’s Actual Deferral Percentage or Average Deferral Percentage tests could result in unwanted taxable 401(k) refunds to the firm’s highly compensated employees. The report additionally explains how the use of a nonqualified deferred compensation plan can provide a solution for this undesirable tax event.

“The establishment of an NQDC plan for your highly qualified employees provides an almost unlimited pre-tax deferral opportunity for your highly compensated employees,” said Broadbent. “Even companies that do not sponsor a nonqualified deferred compensation plan, still have plenty of time to design and implement a plan for the 2021 calendar year.”

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With more than $7 billion in assets under care, Fulcrum Partners is one of the nation’s leading executive benefits consultancies.

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