Defined Contribution Categories

A Defined Contribution plan is a retirement plan in which employees contribute a fixed amount or percentage of their compensation to an individual account under the plan. Contributions are invested on the employee’s behalf and they will ultimately receive the balance in their accounts upon retirement. Examples of defined contribution plans include 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, employee stock ownership plans, and profit-sharing plans. For-profit companies can offer a 401(k) plan to help their employees save for their future by giving them the opportunity to defer pre-tax or after-tax dollars via payroll deduction into their account and select from a diversified investment menu. 403(b) plans provide retirement benefits for employees of public school districts, hospital groups, or 501(c)(3) organizations in these non-profit business sectors. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that gives workers ownership interest in the company; this interest takes the form of shares of stock. Profit-sharing plans are a way for a company to share profits with its workers and align the financial well-being of workers with the company’s success. 457 plans cover retirement benefits for state and local government employees and some non-profit businesses. There are benefits to Employers for sponsoring retirement plans; research applicable defined contribution articles on the Watkins Ross blog. Our Watkins Ross retirement team has the experience and knowledge to help you design a plan to meet your business goals; connect with us here to learn more.