The W-2 model is being taken off the shelf, dusted off, and being presented again as a relevant option for advisors. In particular, independent firms, who are recognizing that the 1099 model within independence is not for every advisor, are integrating W-2 options as a way to attract and retain more advisory talent.


In this episode, Elite Consulting Partners CEO Frank LaRosa and President Dale Dempsey analyze the W-2 model trend within the independent space, its implications, and the indications that though some things may change in financial services some things continue to remain the same.


Topics covered in the conversation include:

*the progression of the independent space and how it has driven the need for a W-2 option for advisors attracted to the independent model yet preferring the security of the W-2 space.

*the benefits and pay structure impacts of the W-2 model and the advisor specific nature of whether to go 1099 or W-2.

*the practice operations flexibility still available to advisors who choose the W-2 option within the independent space.

*accounting considerations that matter as it relates to both W-2 and 1099 models.


The W-2 models that are emerging in the independent space are not new. And yet, having a W-2 option available is a wise integration for independent firms as 1099 status isn’t right for every advisor.


Advisors listening will benefit from Frank and Dale’s analysis and should use this episode as a checkpoint as to what model will work best for them personally.