Category Archives: Social Security

Why a Public Agency Might Want to Add a 401(a) Plan

The vast majority of public agencies already maintain a 457(b), or eligible deferred compensation plan. A much smaller number also maintains one or more 401(a) plans in addition. This post discusses some of the reasons a public agency might want … Continue reading

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Is Your Social Security Replacement Plan Up to Snuff?

As we previously explained, most public agencies are not automatically subject to Social Security. They have a choice between voluntarily participating in Social Security pursuant to a section 218 agreement, or they can exempt some or all of their payroll … Continue reading

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Public Employers Not Participating in Social Security Need To Tell Their Employees About the Windfall Elimination Provision and The Government Pension Offset

Previously, we explained that California alone has thousands of public agency employers (i.e., cities, counties, special districts, school districts and JPAs) that do not contribute to Social Security, but instead provide a Social Security Replacement Plan (SSRP). We also explained … Continue reading

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How Many 457(b) Plans Do You Need?

Many cities and special districts establish and maintain more 457(b) plans than they really need. We routinely see public agencies with as many as two, three or four 457(b) plans. How and why does this happen? And, are there any … Continue reading

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Public Agency Board Members’ Worker Classification Matters for Tax Purposes

Due to the IRS’ different treatment of private sector and public agency boards of directors, it comes as little surprise that many California special districts and public agencies continue to classify their board members as independent contractors and report their … Continue reading

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