TPS Group, celebrating 50 years in businsess as retirement plan consultants.

At TPS Group, we offer all of the services you need to simplify the management of your company retirement plan and to maintain compliance.

TPS Group, our experienced team of retirement plan consultants is fully committed to delivering solutions-based retirement programs based on your business environment, your culture and -- most importantly -- your needs.

Highly impressed with their level of expertise and outstanding customer service.

Don Senecal

I highly recommend TPS Group and their quality third-party administration for our 403(b) plan. During our long relationship with TPS Group, we have never failed to be impressed with their level of expertise and outstanding customer service. They keep their promises and it’s easy to work with them. Having our own rep Lauren McNabb is a plus!

- Don Senecal

"Extremely Helpful to Our Business"

Angela Simino

Malinda deserves special recognition. She is prompt, courteous, and professional. We find her to be extremely helpful to our business.

- Angela Simino

"Wonderful To Work With"

Andrea Blakeslee

My go to professional is Des. A wonderful person to work with. We can count on him to handle all of our needs.

- Andrea Blakeslee

"Answers All Of My Questions In A Clear Manner"

Kathy Townsend

Our case administrator, Susan, has been absolutely wonderful and is a joy to work with. She is very knowledgeable, patient, answers all of my questions in a clear manner, and is professional.

- Kathy Townsend

Extremely Valuable to Myself and Our Company

Elizabeth Robison

Kathleen has helped me gather info and understand text so many times and is extremely valuable to myself and our company.

- Elizabeth Robison

Very Responsive And Clear To Requests And Questions

Our service representative, Carol, is outstanding and very responsive and clear to requests and questions. Very professional yet pleasant.

- Jane Surmecewicz

They are a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend their services.

Dan Neal

For many years we’ve relied on TPS Group’s extensive knowledge and industry expertise to keep us in compliance with state and federal regulations as well as changes in the law. Their attention to detail is just what we need to keep our business operations running smoothly. They are a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend their services.

- Dan Neal

Knowledge and Expertise

Excellent customer service can be hard to find, but not with TPS Group! I know when I do business with Phil Coco, I can expect a quick response. I rely on his knowledge and expertise, and highly recommend TPS Group for their pension services.

- Mark Catullo

Retirement Plan Consultant Services

Retirement Administration Services

At TPS Group, we offer all of the services you need to simplify the management of your company retirement plan and to maintain compliance.

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Pension Consultation Services

TPS Group is a Third Party Retirement Administrator (TPA) committed to your company's success.

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401(k) Plans

Here at The Pension Service, we understand Retirement Plans and the importance that they play within your company; for both you and your employees. TPS Group works with businesses like yours to help achieve long-term success. The Pension Service will help you design a 401(k) Program that your employees can easily understand and feel confident participating in.

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403(b) Plans

A 403(b) plan, also known as a tax-sheltered annuity (TSA) plan or tax deferred annuity (TDA), is a retirement plan for employees of certain tax-exempt organizations, employees of public schools, and certain ministers. The plan can take the form of an annuity contract, a retirement account set up for church employees, or a custodial account invested in mutual funds. Individuals cannot set up their own 403(b) accounts; only employers can, and there are several ways in which contributions can be made. Elective deferrals are contributions made under a salary reduction agreement, which allows the employer to withhold money from the employee’s paycheck to be directly deposited into the 403(b) account. Non-elective contributions include employer contributions which may be matching, discretionary, or mandatory contributions. Some plans allow participants to make after-tax contributions, which are not excluded from income and cannot be deducted on the participant’s tax return. For 2019, the limit on elective deferrals has increased from $18,500 to $19,000. The limit on annual additions in 2019 is increased from $55,000 to $56,000. Basically, total employee and employer contributions made to an account can’t exceed the lesser of $56,000 or 100% of includible compensation. Catch-up contributions, if allowed by the plan, can be made by participants who reach age 50 or older by the end of 2019. The maximum amount of catch-up contributions is $6,000 for 2019. An employee who has worked for a qualified organization for 15 or more years may be able to make additional contributions of up to $3,000 for up to five years, provided certain requirements are met. Benefits: As with other tax-deferred retirement plans, participants do not pay income tax on allowable contributions until they make withdrawals from the plan, usually at retirement age. (This does not apply to contributions made to a Roth contribution program, in which participants pay income tax on contributions to the plan, but distributions are tax-free as long as certain requirements are met.) Earnings and gains on amounts in the 403(b) account are not taxed until they are withdrawn. (Again, with a Roth account, these earnings are not taxed if withdrawals are qualified distributions.) Participants who contribute to their account may also be eligible for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit depending on their adjusted gross income level. Withdrawals: In general, the same tax rules apply to distributions from 403(b) plans that apply to other retirement plans. Distributions cannot be made until the employee reaches age 59 ½ or has a severance from employment, dies, becomes disabled, encounters financial hardship, or has a qualified reservist distribution. Unless certain conditions are met, distributions before age 59 ½ are subject to regular income tax and an additional 10% tax penalty. 


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Defined Benefit Plans

A company retirement plan in which a retired employee receives a specific amount based on salary history and years of service and in which the employer bears the investment risk. 



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Cash Balance Plans

A cash balance plan is a pension plan under which an employer credits a participant's account with a set percentage of his or her yearly compensation plus interest credits.

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MEP Retirement Plans

Managing a retirement plan for your company shouldn’t be a burden. When you enroll in The Multiple Employer Plan from The Pension Service you benefit from the support of a company with 50 years of experience in administering retirement plans for businesses just like yours.

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Profit Sharing Plans

TPS Group offers the expertise needed to develop and implement a Profit Sharing Plan that is tailor fit to your business. As with 401(k) plans, you can make a profit-sharing plan as simple or as complex as you want. A profit-sharing plan is available for a business of any size, and it can be established even if a company already has other retirement plans.

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Public Works Plans

A simple, low cost, innovative approach to Prevailing Wage Law Compliance. Our program offers an easy to understand solution that satisfies DOL requirements, while providing an open shop contractor the opportunity to not only lower their expenses, but reduce their liability.

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Creative Plan Design

At The Pension Service, we are committed to provide the highest quality actuarial, consulting and retirement plan administration services by listening carefully and being responsive with creative solutions that meet the unique needs and objectives of our clients.

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More Retirement Plan Types

We offer a variety of retirement plans for businesses of all sizes.

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Retirement Plan Consultant Team Members

Retirement Plan Consultant Resources

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

  • Federal wage and hour law
  • Exempt and non-exempt employee status
  • Compliance assistance
  • Independent contractor rules for DOL
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Labor statistics & wage data

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • Federal tax laws, rules and forms
  • Businesses and individuals
  • Independent contractor rules for IRS
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Human resource data – laws, policies, forms and tools

Retirement Plan Consultant Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a 401(k) Plan?

A: 

A 401(k) is a feature of a qualified profit sharing plan that allows employees to contribute a portion of their wages to individual accounts. A Traditional 401k Plan is sponsored by an employer and it lets workers save and invest a portion of their paycheck before taxes are taken out up to IRS prescribed limits. These taxes are not paid until the money is withdrawn from the account at retirement or other distributable events. 

Q: What is a Roth 401(k) Plan?

A: 

A Roth 401(k) is an increasingly popular option within a 401(k) plan that represents a combination of features of the Roth IRA and a traditional 401(k) plan. In a traditional 401(k), you contribute income pre-tax, and then pay taxes on the funds when you withdraw them during retirement.

By offering a Roth 401(k) option, employees can elect to pay the taxes upfront allowing them to make withdrawals tax-free during their retirement.

Under the Roth 401(k), employees may contribute funds on a post-tax elective deferral basis, in addition to, or instead of, pre-tax elective deferrals under their traditional 401(k) plans.  

Retirement Plan Consultant Articles

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Cybersecurity Threats and Retirement Plans

Cybersecurity Threats and Retirement Plans

Are you at risk of a cyber-attack? The answer to that question is yes. Millions of credit card numbers and other forms of personal information are stolen ...

Boost Retirement Savings with a HSA

Boost Retirement Savings with a HSA

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) offer significant tax advantages and can be an effective way to cover health care costs in retirement. By law, HSAs are ...

Maximizing Social Security Income

Maximizing Social Security Income

Bill and Sue, a married couple seeking advice from their financial advisor, felt that they were in a quandary. At age 62, Bill wanted to retire within ...

How Cash Balance Plans are Redefining the Retirement Savings Industry

How Cash Balance Plans are Redefining the Retirement Savings Industry

Although the traditional annuity defined pension plan has mostly gone the way of the rotary phone, cash balance plans are growing in popularity, especially ...

Are Millennials Saving for Retirement?

Are Millennials Saving for Retirement?

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