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Third Party Administrator (TPA) Services


Our TPA Services

A Third Party Administrator (TPA) is an organization, such as SMA Services, Inc., that manages many of the day-to-day aspects of your employee retirement plan.

Common administrative tasks including plan document maintenance, form 5500 preparation, creating match and profit sharing calculations, performing non-discrimination testing and other tasks necessary to keep a 401(k) plan in compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Our primary business is retirement plan administration and we are committed to providing you with the resources you need to effectively select, manage, and monitor your retirement plan.

What sets us apart?

  • Extensive industry experience
  • Quality products
  • Competitive pricing
  • Top-tier support

Independent TPA

As an independent TPA provider, we are able to work with any recordkeeper. This gives us a lot of flexibility and allows us to act in your best interests.
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 Retirement Plan Services

  • Plan Design & Consulting
  • Flexible Plan Design
  • Prototype Plan Documents
  • Summary Plan Descriptions
  • Conversion/Implementation Assistance
  • Core Compliance Services
  • Signature-Ready Form 5500
  • Integrated Payroll Services

 Retirement Plan Types

  • 401(k)
  • 403(b)
  • Safe Harbor
  • Solo(k)
  • Cross-Tested
  • Age Weighted

 Retirement Plan Services

  • Plan Design & Consulting
  • Flexible Plan Design
  • Prototype Plan Documents
  • Summary Plan Descriptions
  • Conversion/Implementation Assistance
  • Core Compliance Services
  • Signature-Ready Form 5500
  • Integrated Payroll Services
Going over finances.

 Retirement Plan Types

  • 401(k)
  • 403(b)
  • Safe Harbor
  • Solo(k)
  • Cross-Tested
  • Age Weighted
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Defined Contribution Plans can be very complex. Click below to get a quick overview of responsibilities and who typically handles each.

Defined Contribution Plans
Who does what?

Defined Contribution Plans can be very complex. Click below to get a quick overview of responsibilities and who typically handles each.

  • TPA: The Third Party Administrator is hired by the plan sponsor to run many of the day-to-day aspects of the retirement plan.
  • Advisor: Assists the employer in choosing a recordkeeper. Provides investment education to plan sponsors and participants.
  • Plan Sponsor: Typically the employer.
  • Recordkeeper: Company that tracks plan investments, who is in the plan and the investments they own, and what goes in and out of the plan.
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SERVICES

TPA

ADVISOR

PLAN SPONSOR

RECORDKEEPER

Design Plan

Prepare plan documents, plan amendments & IRS plan qualification filings

Complete summary plan description

Compile & electronically provide participant census data to SMA Services, Inc.

Provide SMA Services Inc., with plan provision information

Review & select participant services

Coordinate with payroll service

Identify plan-appropriate investment options

SERVICES

TPA

ADVISOR

PLAN SPONSOR

RECORDKEEPER

Personalized enrollment support

Personalized ongoing education

SERVICES

TPA

ADVISOR

PLAN SPONSOR

RECORDKEEPER

Electronically submit timely & accurate plan contributions (by contribution types)

Provide daily valuation of accounts

Grant access to retirement accounts via internet or phone & access to call support

Offer asset allocation resources

Create & distribute participant statements

Develop plan sponsor statements

SERVICES

TPA

ADVISOR

PLAN SPONSOR

RECORDKEEPER

Authorize & setup TPA access to participant data

Provide salary information to SMA Services, Inc. (TPA)

Provide participant data to SMA Services, Inc. (TPA) for plan compliance testing

Get plan data from recordkeepers website

Review employee census & monitor plan eligibility & entry dates

Conduct top-heavy testing & contribution calculation

Calculate 415 limits

Perform ADP/ACP nondiscrimination tests

Conduct miscellaneous compliance tests for specific plan designs

Prepare allocations of plan sponsor contributions and forfeitures

Provide information for Schedule A & applicable schedules & an Audit Package if required

Complete Form 5500 series annual reports & schedules & summary annual report

E-file 5500 series annual reports & schedules

Provide support to help plan meet legislative compliance requirements

SERVICES

TPA

ADVISOR

PLAN SPONSOR

RECORDKEEPER

Conduct benefit event process & education (such as employee termination)

Calculate participant vesting percentages

Help with spousal consent requirements

Initiate vested benefit payouts

Recordkeeping plan participation loans (if allowed by plan)

Monitor & calculate Required Minimum Distributions

Coordinate income tax withholding

Prepare Form 1099-R

Issue checks