Restating Your Retirement or Defined Contribution Plan: Six Features for Plan Sponsors to Consider

By Buddy Horner, Director, Bronfman Rothschild Plan Consulting

All prototype and individually designed volume submitter retirement plans are required to be updated and resubmitted to the IRS for review and approval every six years. All of these plans must be restated by April 30, 2016. While this is a requirement, it is also an opportunity to revisit your retirement benefit. The question we ask all plan sponsors during the restatement process is: what are you trying to accomplish with your retirement plan? Based on the answers, we can make recommendations on plan design features.

Here are six features every plan sponsor should consider before restating their plan:

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