Simplified Employee Pension Plans - SEP IRAs > How much can you contribute to a SEP IRA? What is the most money that I can put in a SEP IRA? What is the limit for a SEP IRA?
What is a SEP IRA?
A simplified employee pension plan (SEP), which is different from a SIMPLE IRA, provides the employer with a simple method of establishing a retirement plan for himself and his employees. Each plan participant establishes a SEP IRA into which the employer makes contributions. Learn about eligibility, contribution limits, distributions and more below.
How much can an employer contribute to an employee's SEP-IRA? How much can an employee contribute to SEP IRA?
The three contribution allocation formulas are allowable:
- `For purposes of making contributions to a SEP account, compensation (including elective deferrals) is limited to $290,000 (2021) and $285,000 (2020). SEP Minimum Compensation is $650 (2021) and $600 (2020).
- The maximum contribution is the smaller of $58,000 (2021) and $57,000 (2020) or 25% of the participant’s compensation. For common law employees, compensation is considered to be W-2 wages. For self-employed individuals, compensation is earned income. For common law employees, compensation is considered to be W-2 wages. For self-employed individuals, compensation is earned income.
- The employer may change the contribution formula from year to year or may make no contribution at all for a given year. If the employer does change the contribution allocation formula, however, he must execute a new plan adoption agreement and notify all eligible employees.
How much can an employee contribute to SEP IRA?
Since the employee's account is an IRA account, the employee may contribute up to the annual IRA contribution limit as a normal IRA contribution. Participation in a SEP plan is considered active participation and may affect the deductibility of a regular IRA contribution.
Distributions from a SEP account follow all of the rules for distributions from a Traditional IRA except that a participant who is still working and receiving compensation when he attains the age of 70½ may continue to make employer contributions to his SEP account. The employee is still subject to the required minimum distribution rules.
Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
When do I have to start taking RMDs from my SEP IRA? (At what age?) SEP IRA plan participants and owners who reach age 70 ½ in 2020 or later years must take their first RMD by April 1 of the year after the plan participant or IRA owner reaches 72.
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Additional IRS Resources:
- Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)
- Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans)
- Publication 4333, SEP Retirement Plans for Small Businesses
- FAQs for SEPs
- For more information visit www.irs.gov.
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