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Printiable state tax form 3. Printiable state tax form   Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE) Table of Contents Introduction What Is a SIMPLE Plan?Eligible Employees How Are Contributions Made? How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf?Matching contributions less than 3%. Printiable state tax form Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets?Are Distributions Taxable? Introduction This chapter is for employees who need information about savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLE plans). Printiable state tax form It explains what a SIMPLE plan is, contributions to a SIMPLE plan, and distributions from a SIMPLE plan. Printiable state tax form Under a SIMPLE plan, SIMPLE retirement accounts for participating employees can be set up either as: Part of a 401(k) plan, or A plan using IRAs (SIMPLE IRA). Printiable state tax form This chapter only discusses the SIMPLE plan rules that relate to SIMPLE IRAs. Printiable state tax form See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on any special rules for SIMPLE plans that do not use IRAs. Printiable state tax form If your employer maintains a SIMPLE plan, you must be notified, in writing, that you can choose the financial institution that will serve as trustee for your SIMPLE IRA and that you can roll over or transfer your SIMPLE IRA to another financial institution. Printiable state tax form See Rollovers and Transfers Exception, later under When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets. Printiable state tax form What Is a SIMPLE Plan? A SIMPLE plan is a tax-favored retirement plan that certain small employers (including self-employed individuals) can set up for the benefit of their employees. Printiable state tax form See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on the requirements employers must satisfy to set up a SIMPLE plan. Printiable state tax form A SIMPLE plan is a written agreement (salary reduction agreement) between you and your employer that allows you, if you are an eligible employee (including a self-employed individual), to choose to: Reduce your compensation (salary) by a certain percentage each pay period, and Have your employer contribute the salary reductions to a SIMPLE IRA on your behalf. Printiable state tax form These contributions are called salary reduction contributions. Printiable state tax form All contributions under a SIMPLE IRA plan must be made to SIMPLE IRAs, not to any other type of IRA. Printiable state tax form The SIMPLE IRA can be an individual retirement account or an individual retirement annuity, described in chapter 1. Printiable state tax form Contributions are made on behalf of eligible employees. Printiable state tax form (See Eligible Employees below. Printiable state tax form ) Contributions are also subject to various limits. Printiable state tax form (See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf , later. Printiable state tax form ) In addition to salary reduction contributions, your employer must make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. Printiable state tax form See How Are Contributions Made , later. Printiable state tax form You may be able to claim a credit for contributions to your SIMPLE plan. Printiable state tax form For more information, see chapter 4. Printiable state tax form Eligible Employees You must be allowed to participate in your employer's SIMPLE plan if you: Received at least $5,000 in compensation from your employer during any 2 years prior to the current year, and Are reasonably expected to receive at least $5,000 in compensation during the calendar year for which contributions are made. Printiable state tax form Self-employed individual. Printiable state tax form   For SIMPLE plan purposes, the term employee includes a self-employed individual who received earned income. Printiable state tax form Excludable employees. Printiable state tax form   Your employer can exclude the following employees from participating in the SIMPLE plan. Printiable state tax form Employees whose retirement benefits are covered by a collective bargaining agreement (union contract). Printiable state tax form Employees who are nonresident aliens and received no earned income from sources within the United States. Printiable state tax form Employees who would not have been eligible employees if an acquisition, disposition, or similar transaction had not occurred during the year. Printiable state tax form Compensation. Printiable state tax form   For purposes of the SIMPLE plan rules, your compensation for a year generally includes the following amounts. Printiable state tax form Wages, tips, and other pay from your employer that is subject to income tax withholding. Printiable state tax form Deferred amounts elected under any 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, government (section 457) plans, SEP plans, and SIMPLE plans. Printiable state tax form Self-employed individual compensation. Printiable state tax form   For purposes of the SIMPLE plan rules, if you are self-employed, your compensation for a year is your net earnings from self-employment (Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A, line 4, or Section B, line 6) before subtracting any contributions made to a SIMPLE IRA on your behalf. Printiable state tax form   For these purposes, net earnings from self-employment include services performed while claiming exemption from self-employment tax as a member of a group conscientiously opposed to social security benefits. Printiable state tax form How Are Contributions Made? Contributions under a salary reduction agreement are called salary reduction contributions. Printiable state tax form They are made on your behalf by your employer. Printiable state tax form Your employer must also make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. Printiable state tax form Salary reduction contributions. Printiable state tax form   During the 60-day period before the beginning of any year, and during the 60-day period before you are eligible, you can choose salary reduction contributions expressed either as a percentage of compensation, or as a specific dollar amount (if your employer offers this choice). Printiable state tax form You can choose to cancel the election at any time during the year. Printiable state tax form   Salary reduction contributions are also referred to as “elective deferrals. Printiable state tax form ”   Your employer cannot place restrictions on the contributions amount (such as by limiting the contributions percentage), except to comply with the salary reduction contributions limit, discussed under How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf, later. Printiable state tax form Matching contributions. Printiable state tax form   Unless your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions, your employer must make contributions equal to the salary reduction contributions you choose (elect), but only up to certain limits. Printiable state tax form See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf below. Printiable state tax form These contributions are in addition to the salary reduction contributions and must be made to the SIMPLE IRAs of all eligible employees (defined earlier) who chose salary reductions. Printiable state tax form These contributions are referred to as matching contributions. Printiable state tax form   Matching contributions on behalf of a self-employed individual are not treated as salary reduction contributions. Printiable state tax form Nonelective contributions. Printiable state tax form   Instead of making matching contributions, your employer may be able to choose to make nonelective contributions on behalf of all eligible employees. Printiable state tax form These nonelective contributions must be made on behalf of each eligible employee who has at least $5,000 of compensation from your employer, whether or not the employee chose salary reductions. Printiable state tax form   One of the requirements your employer must satisfy is notifying the employees that the election was made. Printiable state tax form For other requirements that your employer must satisfy, see chapter 3 of Publication 560. Printiable state tax form How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf? The limits on contributions to a SIMPLE IRA vary with the type of contribution that is made. Printiable state tax form Salary reduction contributions limit. Printiable state tax form   Salary reduction contributions (employee-chosen contributions or elective deferrals) that your employer can make on your behalf under a SIMPLE plan are limited to $12,000 for 2013. Printiable state tax form The limitation remains at $12,000 for 2014. Printiable state tax form If you are a participant in any other employer plans during 2013 and you have elective salary reductions or deferred compensation under those plans, the salary reduction contributions under the SIMPLE plan also are included in the annual limit of $17,500 for 2013 on exclusions of salary reductions and other elective deferrals. Printiable state tax form You, not your employer, are responsible for monitoring compliance with these limits. Printiable state tax form Additional elective deferrals can be contributed to your SIMPLE plan if: You reached age 50 by the end of 2013, and No other elective deferrals can be made for you to the plan for the year because of limits or restrictions, such as the regular annual limit. Printiable state tax form The most that can be contributed in additional elective deferrals to your SIMPLE plan is the lesser of the following two amounts. Printiable state tax form $2,500 for 2013, or Your compensation for the year reduced by your other elective deferrals for the year. Printiable state tax form The additional deferrals are not subject to any other contribution limit and are not taken into account in applying other contribution limits. Printiable state tax form The additional deferrals are not subject to the nondiscrimination rules as long as all eligible participants are allowed to make them. Printiable state tax form Matching employer contributions limit. Printiable state tax form   Generally, your employer must make matching contributions to your SIMPLE IRA in an amount equal to your salary reduction contributions. Printiable state tax form These matching contributions cannot be more than 3% of your compensation for the calendar year. Printiable state tax form See Matching contributions less than 3% below. Printiable state tax form Example 1. Printiable state tax form In 2013, Joshua was a participant in his employer's SIMPLE plan. Printiable state tax form His compensation, before SIMPLE plan contributions, was $41,600 ($800 per week). Printiable state tax form Instead of taking it all in cash, Joshua elected to have 12. Printiable state tax form 5% of his weekly pay ($100) contributed to his SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form For the full year, Joshua's salary reduction contributions were $5,200, which is less than the $12,000 limit on these contributions. Printiable state tax form Under the plan, Joshua's employer was required to make matching contributions to Joshua's SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form Because his employer's matching contributions must equal Joshua's salary reductions, but cannot be more than 3% of his compensation (before salary reductions) for the year, his employer's matching contribution was limited to $1,248 (3% of $41,600). Printiable state tax form Example 2. Printiable state tax form Assume the same facts as in Example 1 , except that Joshua's compensation for the year was $408,163 and he chose to have 2. Printiable state tax form 94% of his weekly pay contributed to his SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form In this example, Joshua's salary reduction contributions for the year (2. Printiable state tax form 94% × $408,163) were equal to the 2013 limit for salary reduction contributions ($12,000). Printiable state tax form Because 3% of Joshua's compensation ($12,245) is more than the amount his employer was required to match ($12,000), his employer's matching contributions were limited to $12,000. Printiable state tax form In this example, total contributions made on Joshua's behalf for the year were $24,000 ($12,000 (Joshua's contributions) + $12,000 (matching contributions)), the maximum contributions permitted under a SIMPLE IRA for 2013. Printiable state tax form Matching contributions less than 3%. Printiable state tax form   Your employer can reduce the 3% limit on matching contributions for a calendar year, but only if: The limit is not reduced below 1%, The limit is not reduced for more than 2 years out of the 5-year period that ends with (and includes) the year for which the election is effective, and Employees are notified of the reduced limit within a reasonable period of time before the 60-day election period during which they can enter into salary reduction agreements. Printiable state tax form   For purposes of applying the rule in item (2) in determining whether the limit was reduced below 3% for the year, any year before the first year in which your employer (or a former employer) maintains a SIMPLE IRA plan will be treated as a year for which the limit was 3%. Printiable state tax form If your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions for a year, that year also will be treated as a year for which the limit was 3%. Printiable state tax form Nonelective employer contributions limit. Printiable state tax form   If your employer chooses to make nonelective contributions, instead of matching contributions, to each eligible employee's SIMPLE IRA, contributions must be 2% of your compensation for the entire year. Printiable state tax form For 2013, only $255,000 of your compensation can be taken into account to figure the contribution limit. Printiable state tax form   Your employer can substitute the 2% nonelective contribution for the matching contribution for a year if both of the following requirements are met. Printiable state tax form Eligible employees are notified that a 2% nonelective contribution will be made instead of a matching contribution. Printiable state tax form This notice is provided within a reasonable period during which employees can enter into salary reduction agreements. Printiable state tax form Example 3. Printiable state tax form Assume the same facts as in Example 2 , except that Joshua's employer chose to make nonelective contributions instead of matching contributions. Printiable state tax form Because his employer's nonelective contributions are limited to 2% of up to $255,000 of Joshua's compensation, his employer's contribution to Joshua's SIMPLE IRA was limited to $5,100. Printiable state tax form In this example, total contributions made on Joshua's behalf for the year were $17,100 (Joshua's salary reductions of $12,000 plus his employer's contribution of $5,100). Printiable state tax form Traditional IRA mistakenly moved to SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form   If you mistakenly roll over or transfer an amount from a traditional IRA to a SIMPLE IRA, you can later recharacterize the amount as a contribution to another traditional IRA. Printiable state tax form For more information, see Recharacterizations in chapter 1. Printiable state tax form Recharacterizing employer contributions. Printiable state tax form   You cannot recharacterize employer contributions (including elective deferrals) under a SEP or SIMPLE plan as contributions to another IRA. Printiable state tax form SEPs are discussed in chapter 2 of Publication 560. Printiable state tax form SIMPLE plans are discussed in this chapter. Printiable state tax form Converting from a SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form   Generally, you can convert an amount in your SIMPLE IRA to a Roth IRA under the same rules explained in chapter 1 under Converting From Any Traditional IRA Into a Roth IRA . Printiable state tax form    However, you cannot convert any amount distributed from the SIMPLE IRA during the 2-year period beginning on the date you first participated in any SIMPLE IRA plan maintained by your employer. Printiable state tax form When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets? Generally, the same distribution (withdrawal) rules that apply to traditional IRAs apply to SIMPLE IRAs. Printiable state tax form These rules are discussed in chapter 1. Printiable state tax form Your employer cannot restrict you from taking distributions from a SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form Are Distributions Taxable? Generally, distributions from a SIMPLE IRA are fully taxable as ordinary income. Printiable state tax form If the distribution is an early distribution (discussed in chapter 1), it may be subject to the additional tax on early distributions. Printiable state tax form See Additional Tax on Early Distributions, later. Printiable state tax form Rollovers and Transfers Exception Generally, rollovers and trustee-to-trustee transfers are not taxable distributions. Printiable state tax form Two-year rule. Printiable state tax form   To qualify as a tax-free rollover (or a tax-free trustee-to-trustee transfer), a rollover distribution (or a transfer) made from a SIMPLE IRA during the 2-year period beginning on the date on which you first participated in your employer's SIMPLE plan must be contributed (or transferred) to another SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form The 2-year period begins on the first day on which contributions made by your employer are deposited in your SIMPLE IRA. Printiable state tax form   After the 2-year period, amounts in a SIMPLE IRA can be rolled over or transferred tax free to an IRA other than a SIMPLE IRA, or to a qualified plan, a tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan), or deferred compensation plan of a state or local government (section 457 plan). Printiable state tax form Additional Tax on Early Distributions The additional tax on early distributions (discussed in chapter 1) applies to SIMPLE IRAs. Printiable state tax form If a distribution is an early distribution and occurs during the 2-year period following the date on which you first participated in your employer's SIMPLE plan, the additional tax on early distributions is increased from 10% to 25%. Printiable state tax form If a rollover distribution (or transfer) from a SIMPLE IRA does not satisfy the 2-year rule, and is otherwise an early distribution, the additional tax imposed because of the early distribution is increased from 10% to 25% of the amount distributed. Printiable state tax form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications