Due to a change in IRS regulations, insurance covering retirement plan
contributions in the event of a participant's disability is now
available, Corporate Compensation Plans, Inc. (CCP) and MB Schoen &
Associates, Inc. (MBSA) announced today.
When employees become disabled, both employer and employee contributions
to many retirement plans cease. To address this, CCP and MBSA developed
401(k)Secure®, a patented program that continues participants'
contributions to their retirement plans during periods of disability.
Recent IRS rules governing treatment of ancillary benefits within
certain retirement plans include a tax exemption for the premiums
associated with providing this essential insurance. In the absence of
this exemption, employees would be burdened with tax on premiums paid by
the plan, and tax treatment of disability benefit payents paid to the
plan could be called into question.
"By including the exemption in the final rules, the IRS appears to
recognize the necessity of making disability protection available within
defined contributions plans," explains Mark Davis, President of CCP.
"This allows millions of Americans to receive this vital protection,
especially those who rely solely upon their 401(k) for retirement
Employers can make this benefit available at little or no cost, paying
for 401(k)Secure (premiums represent only a small fraction of annual
plan contributions); sharing the cost with employees; or making it
available on a 100% voluntary basis, with employees choosing whether to
For three decades there has been a steady migration from
employer-sponsored defined benefit (DB) pensions to defined contribution
(DC) retirement plans. DB plans largely protected employees against
disability; in contrast, DC plans generally have not.
"Most employees are unaware that retirement benefits from defined
contribution plans are at risk of diminishment in the event of
disability," says Matt Schoen, co-inventor of the related patented
Along with the loss of employer and employee contributions, employees
also lose growth/interest that would have been earned on those
contributions. This lost growth of assets can represent a multiple of
the lost contributions themselves.
CCP, MBSA, and their jointly owned affiliate, CyArch, LLC, invested
considerable resources to bring 401(k)Secure® and other solutions to
market. They have secured three U.S. patents and helped obtain two IRS
Private Letter Rulings.
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