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File taxes online free See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on any special rules for SIMPLE plans that do not use IRAs. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free See Rollovers and Transfers Exception, later under When Can You Withdraw or Use Assets. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free See chapter 3 of Publication 560 for information on the requirements employers must satisfy to set up a SIMPLE plan. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free These contributions are called salary reduction contributions. File taxes online free All contributions under a SIMPLE IRA plan must be made to SIMPLE IRAs, not to any other type of IRA. File taxes online free The SIMPLE IRA can be an individual retirement account or an individual retirement annuity, described in chapter 1. File taxes online free Contributions are made on behalf of eligible employees. File taxes online free (See Eligible Employees below. File taxes online free ) Contributions are also subject to various limits. File taxes online free (See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf , later. File taxes online free ) In addition to salary reduction contributions, your employer must make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. File taxes online free See How Are Contributions Made , later. File taxes online free You may be able to claim a credit for contributions to your SIMPLE plan. File taxes online free For more information, see chapter 4. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free Self-employed individual. File taxes online free   For SIMPLE plan purposes, the term employee includes a self-employed individual who received earned income. 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File taxes online free Deferred amounts elected under any 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, government (section 457) plans, SEP plans, and SIMPLE plans. File taxes online free Self-employed individual compensation. File taxes online free   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. File taxes online free   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. File taxes online free How Are Contributions Made? Contributions under a salary reduction agreement are called salary reduction contributions. File taxes online free They are made on your behalf by your employer. File taxes online free Your employer must also make either matching contributions or nonelective contributions. File taxes online free Salary reduction contributions. File taxes online free   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). File taxes online free You can choose to cancel the election at any time during the year. File taxes online free   Salary reduction contributions are also referred to as “elective deferrals. File taxes online free ”   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. File taxes online free Matching contributions. File taxes online free   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. File taxes online free See How Much Can Be Contributed on Your Behalf below. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free These contributions are referred to as matching contributions. File taxes online free   Matching contributions on behalf of a self-employed individual are not treated as salary reduction contributions. File taxes online free Nonelective contributions. File taxes online free   Instead of making matching contributions, your employer may be able to choose to make nonelective contributions on behalf of all eligible employees. 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File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free You, not your employer, are responsible for monitoring compliance with these limits. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free The most that can be contributed in additional elective deferrals to your SIMPLE plan is the lesser of the following two amounts. File taxes online free $2,500 for 2013, or Your compensation for the year reduced by your other elective deferrals for the year. File taxes online free The additional deferrals are not subject to any other contribution limit and are not taken into account in applying other contribution limits. File taxes online free The additional deferrals are not subject to the nondiscrimination rules as long as all eligible participants are allowed to make them. File taxes online free Matching employer contributions limit. File taxes online free   Generally, your employer must make matching contributions to your SIMPLE IRA in an amount equal to your salary reduction contributions. File taxes online free These matching contributions cannot be more than 3% of your compensation for the calendar year. File taxes online free See Matching contributions less than 3% below. File taxes online free Example 1. File taxes online free In 2013, Joshua was a participant in his employer's SIMPLE plan. 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File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free 94% of his weekly pay contributed to his SIMPLE IRA. File taxes online free In this example, Joshua's salary reduction contributions for the year (2. File taxes online free 94% × $408,163) were equal to the 2013 limit for salary reduction contributions ($12,000). File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free 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. File taxes online free Matching contributions less than 3%. File taxes online free   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. File taxes online free   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%. File taxes online free 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%. 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