Michael Milam, Financial Advisor, CPA, MAcc
President and CEO
For employers who have taken on the responsibility of offering sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k), profit sharing, or defined benefit plans, the task is not as simple as just presenting the plan. They need to gather extensive employee census information yearly, and one term that frequently comes up in these discussions is “Highly Compensated Employee” or HCE. But what does being an HCE mean, and why is it important to understand this classification?
If you’re like most people, you bought life insurance to provide for your loved ones in the event of your death. But because you’re self-employed, you may have an even greater need for life insurance: You’ll want to protect your family after you die, as well as protect the financial needs of your business.
Regardless of the business’s size, small business owners have 401(k) retirement savings plan options that may be suitable for their situation. Business owners must plan for retirement by utilizing retirement savings vehicles that may provide them with common IRS tax savings incentives when funding specific 401(k) options.
In early 2022, the IRS issued proposed regulations regarding required minimum distributions (RMDs) to reflect changes made by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019. The IRS has held off on releasing final regulations so that it can address additional changes to RMDs made by the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, which was passed in late 2022. In the meantime, the IRS has issued interim RMD relief and guidance for 2023. Final RMD regulations, when issued, will not apply before 2024.
Michael D. Milam
President & CEO, Financial Advisor
Michael D. Milam CPA, MAcc, has been associated with California Financial Partners and LPL Financial for over 18 years. He holds his Series 7 and 66 registrations with LPL Financial. He enjoys working closely with clients to provide comprehensive wealth management.
In addition to providing portfolio management to high net worth clients, Mike brings a unique perspective to the financial planning and wealth management process. His background as a certified public accountant and many years of experience with income, estate, trust and gift taxation, provides his clients with a comprehensive approach to all aspects of financial planning. Because of his unique experience, he brings significant value to his clients.
Mike has spoken nationally on tax planning techniques and the planning process. In addition, Mike has testified as an expert witness in the Los Angeles Superior Court system on income, estate and trust taxation, accounting and finance.
His years of experience with individual, trust, estate, corporate, partnership tax planning and compliance provides him with the necessary tools to assist business owners and individuals through all phases of the financial planning process. He has developed many complex succession plans and sophisticated estate planning strategies. As a trusted advisor, he continually works hard to find strategies to pursue the goals of his clients.
Mike was a founding partner in the firm Milam, Knecht & Warner, LLP, a full service CPA and consulting firm. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation and accounting. He began his career at Ernst & Young. He was also a senior vice president and CFO with LCF, a diverse holding and asset management company.
When Mike is not working, he enjoys being with his wife, five children (and their spouses) and 14 young grandchildren. He loves traveling, hiking and fishing. He donates time to various charities and youth groups. He finds that helping others is the key to life.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.—Zig Ziglar
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