How do we set up a deferred compensation account?
After the co-op Board has adopted the deferred compensation plan, the next step is to establish accounts under the cooperative’s name for the benefit of the underlying participant. Homestead Funds paperwork is separate from any plan-level paperwork provided to NRECA’s Deferred Compensation Team. If this is the first deferred compensation plan for the cooperative with Homestead Funds, we will need:
- one Deferred Compensation Plan Authorized Cooperative/Employer Representative Form to name account signers, and
- a Deferred Compensation Participant Enrollment Form for each participant that will be funding an account within the next three months.
Homestead Funds maintains the names of the account signers on file, so if the account signers have not changed, each new participant account only requires the Deferred Compensation Participant Enrollment Form for that participant.
- Know the plan type at initial plan set-up and with each participant enrollment. This is important information to help with plan administration. If you are uncertain of your plan type, the NRECA Deferred Compensation Team can provide guidance.
- If the plan document allows, you can choose for participants to have telephone exchange options on the application. This allows a participant to exchange or rebalance current money in the account by speaking with a Homestead Funds representative. If you don’t, any such requests must be submitted in writing and signed by an authorized signer for the cooperative as on file with Homestead Funds.
- All mailings will be sent to the cooperative address. Make sure participants receive a duplicate copy of the quarterly statement and investment confirmation statements by filling out the ‘Additional Mail’ section of the application.