(Simplified Employee Pension plan)
Maximum total contributions up to $69,000 for 2024 ($66,000 for 2023) or 25% of compensation (or 20% of net earnings from self-employment for self-employed individuals), whichever is less, with compensation taken into account capped at $345,000 for 2024 ($330,000 for 2023)
Self-employed individuals without retirement plan coverage1
Why a SEP IRA?
Available for self-employed individuals and owners of small businesses. Eligible employees include all who are age 21 or older, receive annual compensation of $750 or more for the year, and have worked for the company for at least three of the past five years. Less restrictive eligibility requirements may be elected by the employer.
Reduced administrative requirements
For example, IRS Form 5500 filing is not required if certain requirements are met
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Can an individual make contributions to a SEP-IRA while also contributing to a Traditional IRA?
Yes. However, since an individual will be considered an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, some or all of their personal IRA contributions may not be deductible. Refer to the Contribution Limits & Deadlines table for more information.
How much can a sole proprietor or unincorporated business contribute to a SEP-IRA?
If a business owner receives compensation as personal income, such as a sole proprietor or unincorporated partnership, the annual contribution limit is up to 20% of their net adjusted self-employed income or net adjusted business profits.
Is it possible not to include employees in a SEP-IRA plan?
All employees age 21 or older who have worked for the business owner in three of the past five years and earn $750 or more for the year must be included.
Can I open a SEP-IRA if my business has been open less than five years?
Yes, a business owner can use less restrictive participation requirements than those listed by the IRS, but not more restrictive ones. For example, IRS participation requirements state that an employee must have worked for the company in at least three of the past five years. Employers are permitted to decrease or remove this requirement; however they are not permitted to increase it. This also applies to self-employed business owners.
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