Opportunity to satisfy clients needs implementing Split Funded Defined Benefit Plans:
Four partners – Class Action Litigation Firm – were already maximizing contributions to a profit sharing/401(k) plan totaling about $200,000 for the partners. Each partner earned an income ranging between $800,000 and $1.2 million. Two of the partners were existing clients of the FA team.
With a $1 million Associate/Staff payroll, the firm was currently spending 6% of payroll funding the profit sharing plan equaling $60,000 ($1 million x 6% = $60,000).
The partners were frustrated with their perceived inability to make large income tax deductible contributions with existing plans. Additionally, they were looking for a business growth strategy and the ability to offer competitive employment packages to attract new partners and employees to the firm.
The FA, with the assistance of the Wealth Planning Specialist and the PensionQuote, Inc. Team, designed and presented a Split Funded Defined Benefit Plan as follows:
Owners increased their income tax deductible contribution from about $200,000 to $700,000 in a combination of their current 401(k)/profit sharing plan plus the addition of a Split Funded Defined Benefit Plan:
|Total 401(k) for owners:||$79,000|
|Total Profit Sharing for owners:||$34,000|
|Total Split Funded Defined Benefit for owners:||$587,000|
|Total Owner Tax Deductible Contribution||$700,000|
Employee payroll cost only increased from 6% to 8.5% (only a $25,000 increase)
- In a 45% tax bracket, the $500,000 increased tax deduction provided an additional $225,000 (45% x $500,000 = $225,000) of dollars working for the partners inside the plan. In other words, the $225,000 check that the partners were prepared to write to the IRS was instead deposited into the plan.
- The plan provided each partner with approximately $2.6 million of whole life insurance. The two life insurance policies are assets inside the defined benefit plan with total premium of $230,000.
- Aside from the life insurance premiums, the FA will receive and manage an additional $270,000 ($500,000 – $230,000 = $270,000) each year (for at least the next 5 years) plus the small increase in employee cost.
- The partners were delighted that the plan could be used as an effective recruiting tool by allowing significant income tax deduction to any new partner.
- Each partner’s particular plan and contributions are fully portable upon leaving the practice or retirement.
Contact your Financial Planning Specialist or a member of the PensionQuote Inc. Team at 1-800-717-4723 to discuss additional plan features.
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