Walmart corporate officers and highly compensated salaried associates are eligible to take part in a Deferred Compensation Matching Plan (DCMP).
What is a DCMP?
DCMPs allow eligible employees to defer income beyond a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. This is an excellent way to delay salary & Management Incentive Plan (MIP) into future years. This is great for retirement, college funding or other expenses. Deferring compensation can help reduce your tax liability as well.
DCMPs get complicated fast. Let’s discuss three important factors to consider when making your elections:
The DCMP offers a 6% match on eligible compensation over the IRS limit ($290,000 in 2021). This is like 401(k) company matching. There are few things to know when maximizing the match on your 401(k) and DCMP.
The amount deferred under the DCMP may lower the value of 401(k) matching contributions. Walmart offers a DCMP Match calculator to make sure you are maximizing both matches.
Start the clock
Any match in the DCMP takes 3 years to vest so it is best to make elections ASAP and receive at least the 6% match. Don’t leave free money on the table!
How deferral works
The DCMP enrollment period is typically mid-November to mid-December. Elections will defer salary and/or MIP earned one fiscal year in the future, for example 2023 (February 2022 – January 2023) if you are reading this in 2021. You are making decisions now about future expected earnings.
Amounts deferred earn a rate of return based on the 10-year U.S. Treasury Note yield + 270 basis points (2.7%), adjusted annually.
It is important to recognize the risk involved in utilizing a DCMP. Funds deferred are not secured. There is risk of becoming a creditor in the event of Walmart’s bankruptcy or insolvency.
Transition to Fidelity
Walmart has transitioned the DCMP from The Newport Group to Fidelity. This provides significant planning opportunities and after-tax benefits.
You can make unique elections for each deferral type (base salary, MIP & company match). For example, you can defer $200 per pay period from base salary and 50% of MIP.
You may also decide how to receive distributions in the future for each deferral type. You can choose distributions:
- Lump sum
- Annual installment payments over 1 – 15 years
In-service (still employed at Walmart)
Lump sum on a certain month & year of your choice
- Lump sum to beneficiaries
- Annual installment payments over 1 – 15 years to beneficiaries
Visit netbenefits.com to view your DCMP account at Fidelity.
The DCMP creates a powerful opportunity to plan for your future. This also creates complexity and confusion. There are many rules and details you must consider before making selections. It is paramount to understand how these decisions fit into your overall financial plan.
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To living your ideal life,
The Paradigm Team
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