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Hawaii founded in 1978, Nevada founded in 2019

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We believe employers rely on us to ensure their plan is designed and operated to meet the needs of the employer and employees. We provide comprehensive consulting services covering all aspects of tax-qualified retirement plan design and administration.




We believe employers wish to provide a well-designed plan while keeping document costs to a minimum. We are lead sponsors of pre-approved prototype plan documents which allow for maximum design flexibility in a low-cost format. Plan documents are updated and amended as legislation requires and when a change in plan design will meet the goals of the client.




We believe employers do not want the administrative burdens inherent in complying with federal pension and tax law. We provide comprehensive compliance and administration services for tax-qualified retirement plans comprising all governmental requirements including discrimination & limit testing, and preparation of signature ready Form 5500.




We believe employers and employees benefit from the specialized services of local investment and tax advisors. We do not provide investment management or business tax services. We work with our clients’ investment and tax advisors to ensure the plan is designed and operated to meet the clients’ needs. Investment and tax advisors are included in every step of the design and compliance process.

About Us

Hicks Pension is a leader in providing administrative and compliance services for tax-qualified retirement plans. Established in 1968, Hicks is one of the oldest qualified plan consultants and administrators in the nation. The group has grown to 8 offices in California and Hawaii providing consulting and compliance services to over 5,000 employers in the Western United States, Hawaii and Guam. Hicks Pension Group in Honolulu was established in 1978 and is owned and managed by Michael Pau Hicks.


We administer qualified retirement plans including Defined Benefit Pension, Money Purchase Pension, Cash Balance Pension, 401-(k) Salary Reduction, Profit Sharing, 403(b), and Davis Bacon/Prevailing Wage Plans. We have among our clients: Law Firms, Accounting Firms, Medical Corporations, Banks, Savings and Loans Associations, Hotels, Trade Associations, Agricultural Corporations, Non-Profits, Contractors, and many other businesses.


Complete consulting and administrative services are offered by Hicks with a special emphasis on personalized service. We prepare the necessary reporting forms required by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. Duplicate plan records are maintained in electronic format by Hicks. This allows the employer to retain an updated set of records reflecting plan assets, contributions and allocation reports, participant records, trustee reports, annual reports and other government reports.


A qualified administrator is assigned to each plan. The administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the plan including all government reporting. Our staff is available to assist the employer and each plan participant in whatever way possible to allow our clients to fully realize the benefits of a qualified plan.


Hicks works with the employer and their local investment and tax advisors to ensure the plan is designed and operated to meet the needs of the client.





› Collection of required data
› Analysis and study of data to provide plan recommendations
› Preparation of optional plans and benefits





› Sponsorship of pre-approved tax qualified plans
› Automatic amendments and restatements when required by legislation
› Discretionary amendments / plan re-design as requested





› Loan Document Preparation
› Distribution Processing
› Benefit Statements
› Summary Annual Report





› Design and Drafting of Plan and Trust Documents
› Assistance with Board of Director’s Resolutions (as required)
› Preparation of IRS Submittal Documents (as required)
› Correspondence with IRS Regarding Plan Qualification (as required)
› Preparation of Department of Labor (DOL) Submittal (as required)
› Employee Announcements and Notices Required by DOL and IRS
› Preparation of Employee Summary Plan Descriptions
› Training Assistance for In-House Administration (as required)





› Analysis of Plan Document to Ensure Continued Compliance (Hicks documents only)
› Preparation of Anniversary Notification (Pre-Year-End Kit)
› Analysis of Current Payroll Census to Determine Eligible Participants
› Calculation of Maximum/Required Tax-Deductible Contribution
› Allocation of Employer Contributions
› Allocation of Participant Forfeitures
› Determination of Vested Benefits
› Insurance Review/PS-58 & W2-P Reports
› Top Heavy Test – IRC 416 (g) (1) (a) (ii)
› Coverage Test(s) – IRC 410(b); IRC 401(a) (26)
› Discrimination Test(s) – IRC 401(k); IRC 401(m)
› Annual Additions/Contributions Test – IRC 415; IRC 404; IRC 402 (g)
› Preparation of Signature-Ready IRS Form 5500 Electronic Filing
› Summary Annual Report
› Annual Participant Statements
› Notification of Bonding Requirements
› Preparation of Trustee’s Annual Report





› Preparation of vendor application – plan parameters & website
› Development and Monitoring of transfer timeline & deadlines
› Assistance with participant notices
› Upload participant data (census, vesting, cost basis etc.)
› Coordination with new vendor administrative procedures
› Participation in meetings & teleconferences
› Confirmation of account balances upon transfer
› Year-end reports reflect prior and current vendor transactions


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