Rely on Inspira's Plan Termination Experience

With more than 600 Plan Terminations under our belt, Inspira will guide you through each step of your retirement plan termination.

Complete Plan Termination Solution

Business bankruptcies, mergers, acquisitions, and closures happen regularly across the United States. These situations often result in employers terminating or abandoning their retirement plan, and in the process leaves the plan’s fiduciaries with a new, time-consuming set of responsibilities related to locating participants who are missing or unresponsive:

  • Use certified mail
  • Check related plan records
  • Check with designated plan beneficiary
  • Employ an “acceptable distribution” option

The Department of Labor believes that “the best approach is a rollover into an individual retirement plan using its regulatory safe harbor for distributions from terminated plans.” For most plan fiduciaries, this process is unfamiliar and daunting. Having an experienced partner during a plan termination helps ensure an efficient and proper wind-down period.

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Using Inspira for Plan Terminations

Inspira has worked on more than 600 Retirement Plan Terminations, including 401(k), 403(b) and 401(a) terminations. We have a proven process for rolling over accounts remaining in a terminated or abandoned plan, including those with balances of more than $5,000:

  • Fully compliant with DOL Field Assistance Bulletins 2004-02 and 2014-01
  • Start-to-finish consultation, including pre-termination
  • Assistance with participant notifications, forms and 402(f) notice
  • Partnership with Ascensus Trust to provide QTA services
  • Pre-termination participant searches to ensure higher success rate

Based on our experience, a typical plan termination takes 2-to-3 months. If your firm has already sent the appropriate notifications, that timeline can be cut down significantly.

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Additional Services Offered by Inspira


Inspira has a solution for uncashed and stale-dated checks that will keep you compliant, reduce your costs, and ensure a positive outcome for the missing participant. We will help you create a documented uncashed check procedure that alleviates your existing problem and all but eliminates uncashed checks in the future:

  • Rollover uncashed and stale-dated checks into IRAs
  • Invest IRA assets into a default investment with a GMIR of 1.00%
  • Comprehensive search efforts to locate the participant through multiple channels
  • Send a welcome kit, annual statement and Form 5498 to accountholder

Inspira’s uncashed check solution features a low annual fee that, when paired with the Lincoln Fixed Account as the default investment, provides accountholders with the lowest annual accountholder expense in the industry. Once an accountholder is located and notified, they can withdraw their funds online, continue contributing to the IRA and diversify, or roll the account into another retirement vehicle.

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Inspira is the only default IRA provider that gives clients choice in a default investment, including the Lincoln Fixed Account with a GMIR of 1.00%. We are also the only IRA provider with a system designed to encourage diversification by Automatic Rollover accountholders. Inspira has provided the following benefits to more than 7,000 Plan Sponsors:

  • Highest-returning default fund in the industry (1.00% GMIR)
  • 30-plus mutual funds and TDFs screened by outside advisory firm
  • Lowest net accountholder expense of any automatic rollover provider
  • No cost to the provider or plan sponsor
  • Fully compliant with Safe Harbor regulations and EGTRRA

Inspira’s solution is designed to give the account holder all of the benefits of a voluntary rollover, despite their status as a forced out client. We keep the account’s best interest at the forefront.

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