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Could a cash balance plan be right for your business?

Could a cash balance plan be right for your business?

January 24, 2023

You’ve worked hard to make your business successful. But if your retirement planning has taken a back seat to your business over the years, you may feel it’s time for a change. Even if you have done some planning for retirement — by establishing a 401(k) plan, for example — you may want to contribute more toward your financial future. Business owners, however, sometimes find that the IRS limits on 401(k) plan contributions make it difficult for them to accumulate enough savings to support their lifestyle in retirement.


The good news is there’s another type of retirement plan that can help: a cash balance plan. This type of qualified plan offers several advantages, including:


  • Significantly higher contribution limits than a 401(k) plan
  • Maximum accumulation, as the cash balance plan can be paired with a 401(k) plan — and contributions can be made to both simultaneously
  • The ability to have a large percentage of the plan’s funding support the retirement income needs of owners and key employees through the plan’s tiered benefit structure
  • Potential tax savings for your company1

    Cash balance plans tend to work best for those business owners and their top performers who are at least seven years older than the oldest rank-and-file employee. The greatest benefit of a cash balance plan is the ability to offer different benefit allocations to different classifications of employees.


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