In a U.S. Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), just as in every other form of qualified pension plan, employees do not pay taxes on the contributions until they receive a distribution from the plan when they leave the company. They can roll the amount over into an IRA, as can participants in any qualified plan. There is no requirement that a private sector employer provide retirement savings plans for employees.
Some studies conclude that employee ownership appears to increase production and profitability, and improve employees’ dedication and sense of ownership. ESOP advocates maintain that the key variable in securing these claimed benefits is to combine an ESOP with a high degree of worker involvement in work-level decisions.
Meeting Requirements for Fiduciary Responsibility – An ESOP fiduciary is required to act in the best interests of the plan participants. The requirements include specific rules as well as best practices relating to corporate governance and the administration of the ESOP. The trustee of the ESOP trust is a plan fiduciary who must fulfill specific rules.
Education and Partnership You Can Trust – SES ESOP Strategies seeks to work with organizations that embrace a strategic and responsible approach to ESOPs. If you refer a client to us, we will collaborate with you to help address your client’s needs.
Expert Reporting and Record Keeping for ESOPs and 401(k) Plans – As an HR administrator, you are continually challenged to address a range of compliance requirements. Some of the most complex likely pertain to your company’s ESOP and/or its 401(k) plan and the need to keep your plan on track.
Expertise at Every Stage of the ESOP Life Cycle – If you are an executive at an ESOP company, you likely need support with a number of ESOP-related challenges. Perhaps you need help initiating and completing a second-stage transaction.
Match Your Goals with the Technique – In considering an ownership transition, every business owner faces two important questions: At SES ESOP Strategies, we have been thinking about this every day since 1988 and recognize the importance and challenges inherent in answering these questions.