How to Embrace Profit Sharing Plans in 2024


Imagine increasing your retirement savings while decreasing your tax bill—Cash Balance and Profit Sharing Plans are the game-changing tools your business needs to thrive now and in the future. In retirement planning, strategic foresight can significantly enhance the effectiveness of saving for the golden years but also drastically help your business today. Advanced retirement plans, like Cash Balance Plans and Profit Sharing Plans, are sophisticated arrangements that can be used to achieve various types of financial goals in different business contexts. This blog post explores the evolving landscape of these plans, highlighting their importance in both business and retirement planning.

Profit Sharing Plans: Overview

Profit Sharing Plans offer a flexible approach to employer contributions, making them a dynamic component of retirement benefits. Unlike traditional retirement plans that require fixed contributions, Profit Sharing Plans allow employers to decide annually whether and how much to contribute based on the company’s profitability. This structure helps businesses manage cash flow while incentivizing employees by directly linking a portion of their compensation to the company’s financial performance, though contributions can vary based on profitability.

Profit Sharing Plans: Plan Mechanics

A Profit Sharing Plan is a type of defined contribution plan under which the employer makes discretionary contributions. At Basilic Financial, the contributions are allocated to individual employee accounts in 3 ways:

  • Comp-to-Comp or Pro-Rata: Allocates the profit share based on employees’ relative salaries. 
  • Flat dollar: Every employee receives the same contribution amount
  • New comparability: Allows a greater disparity of contributions between different groups of employees, i.e., maximizing owner contributions and minimizing employee contributions. This approach is subject to discrimination testing.

Employees might be subject to a vesting schedule, which provides that employees’ rights to employer contributions become non-forfeitable only after a period of service. Once vested, the contributions plus any investment earnings grow tax-deferred until withdrawal, which is typically allowable upon retirement, termination, or under other specified conditions.

Profit Sharing Plans: Tax Advantages

From a tax perspective, employers benefit from deductions for contributions made to the plan, which can significantly reduce the business’s taxable income given the higher contribution limits. Employees benefit as contributions are not taxed until distribution, providing a deferred tax advantage and the potential for investment growth over time. However, tax benefits depend on individual circumstances.

Importance of Profit Sharing Plans in Business Planning

Incorporating Profit Sharing Plans into business planning is crucial for leveraging tax advantages and financial flexibility. These plans offer significant tax savings for business owners by allowing them to deduct contributions made to the plans from their taxable income, depending on specific business circumstances. Furthermore, by enhancing the overall compensation package, these plans serve as strategic tools for attracting and retaining top talent, which can lead to increased productivity and reduced turnover rates.


Advanced retirement plans like Cash Balance and Profit Sharing Plans are more than just retirement savings vehicles—they are a critical component of strategic financial planning for both businesses and individuals. They offer customizable features that can be tailored to meet diverse business needs, making them an essential consideration for anyone looking to enhance their retirement readiness, tax savings, and financial flexibility. Can your business benefit from an advance retirement plan? Schedule a call with Basilic Financial for a free consultation.


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