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File state tax returns free 4. File state tax returns free   Limit on Elective Deferrals Table of Contents Excess elective deferrals. File state tax returns free General Limit 15-Year RuleYears of Service Figuring the Limit on Elective DeferralsExample The second and final component of MAC is the limit on elective deferrals. File state tax returns free This is a limit on the amount of contributions that can be made to your account through a salary reduction agreement. File state tax returns free A salary reduction agreement is an agreement between you and your employer that allows for a portion of your compensation to be directly invested in a 403(b) account on your behalf. File state tax returns free You can enter into more than one salary reduction agreement during a year. File state tax returns free More than one 403(b) account. 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File state tax returns free 15-Year Rule If you have at least 15 years of service with an educational organization (such as a public or private school), hospital, home health service agency, health and welfare service agency, church, or convention or association of churches (or associated organization), the limit on elective deferrals to your 403(b) account is increased by the least of: $3,000, $15,000, reduced by the sum of: The additional pre-tax elective deferrals made in prior years because of this rule, plus The aggregate amount of designated Roth contributions permitted for prior years because of this rule, or $5,000 times the number of your years of service for the organization, minus the total elective deferrals made by your employer on your behalf for earlier years. File state tax returns free If you qualify for the 15-year rule, your elective deferrals under this limit can be as high as $20,500 for 2013 and 2014. 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File state tax returns free Definition Your years of service are the total number of years you have worked as a full time employee for the employer maintaining your 403(b) account as of the end of the year. File state tax returns free Figuring Your Years of Service Take the following rules into account when figuring your years of service. File state tax returns free Status of employer. File state tax returns free   Your years of service include only periods during which your employer was a qualified employer. File state tax returns free Your plan administrator can tell you whether or not your employer was qualified during all your periods of service. File state tax returns free Service with one employer. File state tax returns free   Generally, you cannot count service for any employer other than the one who maintains your 403(b) account. File state tax returns free Church employee. File state tax returns free   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service with related church organizations as years of service with the same employer. File state tax returns free For more information about church employees, see chapter 5. File state tax returns free Self-employed ministers. File state tax returns free   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years in which you have been treated as employed by a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. File state tax returns free Total years of service. File state tax returns free   When figuring prior years of service, figure each year individually and then add the individual years of service to determine your total years of service. File state tax returns free Example. File state tax returns free The annual work period for full-time teachers employed by ABC Public Schools is September through December and February through May. 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File state tax returns free   If, during a year, you were employed part-time for the employer's entire annual work period, you figure the fraction for that year as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of hours or days you worked. File state tax returns free The denominator (bottom number) is the number of hours or days normally required of someone holding the same position who works full-time. File state tax returns free Example. File state tax returns free Vance teaches one course at a local medical school. File state tax returns free He teaches 3 hours per week for two semesters. File state tax returns free Other faculty members at the same school teach 9 hours per week for two semesters. File state tax returns free The annual work period of the medical school is two semesters. File state tax returns free An instructor teaching 9 hours a week for two semesters is considered a full-time employee. File state tax returns free Given these facts, Vance has worked part-time for a full annual work period. File state tax returns free Vance has completed 1/3 of a year of service, figured as shown below. File state tax returns free Number of hours per week Vance worked = 3 = 1 Number of hours per week considered full-time 9 3 Part-time for part of the year. File state tax returns free   If, during any year, you were employed part-time for only part of your employer's annual work period, you figure your fraction for that year by multiplying two fractions. File state tax returns free   Figure the first fraction as though you had worked full-time for part of the annual work period. File state tax returns free The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters you were a full-time employee. File state tax returns free The denominator (bottom number) is the number of weeks, months, or semesters considered the normal annual work period for the position. File state tax returns free   Figure the second fraction as though you had worked part-time for the entire annual work period. File state tax returns free The fraction is as follows: The numerator (top number) is the number of hours or days you worked. File state tax returns free The denominator (bottom number) is the number of hours or days normally required of someone holding the same position who works full-time. File state tax returns free   Once you have figured these two fractions, multiply them together to determine the fraction representing your partial year of service for the year. File state tax returns free Example. File state tax returns free Maria, an attorney, teaches a course for one semester at a law school. File state tax returns free She teaches 3 hours per week. File state tax returns free The annual work period for teachers at the school is two semesters. File state tax returns free All full-time instructors at the school are required to teach 12 hours per week. File state tax returns free Based on these facts, Maria is employed part-time for part of the annual work period. File state tax returns free Her year of service for this year is determined by multiplying two fractions. File state tax returns free Her computation is as follows: Maria's first fraction Number of semesters Maria worked = 1 Number of semesters in annual work period 2 Maria's second fraction Number of hours Maria worked per week = 3 = 1 Number of hours per week considered full-time 12 4 Maria would multiply these fractions to obtain the fractional year of service: 1 x 1 = 1         2 4 8         Figuring the Limit on Elective Deferrals You can use Part II of Worksheet 1 in chapter 9 to figure the limit on elective deferrals. 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File state tax returns free Figuring Floyd's MAC Floyd has determined that his limit on annual additions for 2014 is $52,000 and his limit on elective deferrals is $17,500. File state tax returns free Because elective deferrals are the only contributions made to Floyd's account, the maximum amount that can be contributed to a 403(b) account on Floyd's behalf in 2014 is $17,500, the lesser of both limits. File state tax returns free Table 4-2. File state tax returns free Worksheet 1. File state tax returns free Maximum Amount Contributable (MAC) Note. File state tax returns free Use this worksheet to figure your MAC. File state tax returns free Part I. File state tax returns free Limit on Annual Additions     1. File state tax returns free Enter your includible compensation for your most recent year of service 1. File state tax returns free $70,475 2. File state tax returns free Maximum: For 2013 enter $51,000 For 2014 enter $52,000 2. File state tax returns free 52,000 3. File state tax returns free Enter the lesser of line 1 or line 2. File state tax returns free This is your limit on annual additions 3. File state tax returns free 52,000   Caution: If you had only nonelective contributions, skip Part II and enter the amount from line 3 on line 18. File state tax returns free     Part II. File state tax returns free Limit on Elective Deferrals     4. File state tax returns free Maximum contribution: For 2013, enter $17,500 For 2014, enter $17,500 4. File state tax returns free 17,500   Note. File state tax returns free If you have at least 15 years of service with a qualifying organization, complete lines 5 through 17. File state tax returns free If not, enter zero (-0-) on line 16 and go to line 17. File state tax returns free     5. File state tax returns free Amount per year of service 5. File state tax returns free 5,000 6. File state tax returns free Enter your years of service 6. File state tax returns free   7. File state tax returns free Multiply line 5 by line 6 7. File state tax returns free   8. File state tax returns free Enter the total of all elective deferrals made for you by the qualifying organization for prior years 8. File state tax returns free   9. File state tax returns free Subtract line 8 from line 7. File state tax returns free If zero or less, enter zero (-0-) 9. File state tax returns free   10. File state tax returns free Maximum increase in limit for long service 10. File state tax returns free 15,000 11. File state tax returns free Enter the total of additional pre-tax elective deferrals made in prior years under the 15-year rule 11. File state tax returns free   12. File state tax returns free Enter the aggregate amount of all designated Roth contributions permitted for prior years under the 15-year rule 12. File state tax returns free   13. File state tax returns free Add lines 11 and 12 13. File state tax returns free   14. 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