The events of the last few years have had a profound
effect on many executives, professional and business owner’s ability to retire
on schedule. The market volatility may
have decimated their 401k and other retirement accounts. Along with this problem there continues to be
a threat of increased taxes to pay for the deficits.
Enter the cash balance plan where pre tax contributions
can be as much as $220,000 per year plus your 401k and profit sharing
contributions. The cash balance
contribution limit is based on the participant’s age. Each principal participant is able to
determine their own level of contribution.
As a hybrid plan, the cash balance plan design includes
features of defined contribution (401k) and defined benefit (pension
plan). They are best suited for
companies enjoying stable, high incomes.
The contribution levels must be continued for at least 2 to 3
years. There is more flexibility than
the traditional defined benefit plan and there should be an analysis performed
to determine feasibility.