Opportunity to satisfy clients needs implementing Split Funded Defined Benefit Plans:
Four partners – Cardiology Practice – 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 $500,000 and $1 million. One of the partners was an existing client of the FA team.
With a $1.2 million Associate/Staff payroll, the firm was spending 6% of payroll funding the existing profit sharing plan equaling $72,000 ($1.2 million x 6% = $72,000).
The partners were frustrated with their perceived inability to make large income tax deductible contributions to existing plans. The partners felt restricted with the business and succession planning options available within the current plans the practice had in place. Additionally, they were looking for a growth strategy, and the ability to offer competitive employment packages to attract new partners and employees to the practice.
The FA, with the assistance of the Wealth Planning Specialist and PensionQuote, Inc. Team, designed and presented a Split Funded Defined Benefit Plan as follows:
Partners 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 Partners: $79,000
Total Profit Sharing for Partners: $34,000
Total Split Funded Defined Benefit for Partners: $587,000
Total Partners Tax Deductible Contribution $700,000
Employee payroll cost only increased from 6% to 8.5% (only a $30,000 increase)
- In a 40% tax bracket, the $500,000 increased tax deduction provided an additional $200,000 (40% x $500,000 = $200,000) of dollars working for the partners inside the plan. In other words, the $200,000 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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