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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Retirement Planning: SEP IRAs

SEP (simplified employee pension) IRAs is a form of IRA that acts as a low-cost pension plan for small businesses.

Important Information:
  • All contributions made under a SEP are employer contributions--not employee
  • Not required to make contributions each year
  • SEP-IRAs of all participants must get contributions (you cannot pick and choose)
  • Employers can deduct the contributions on their tax return
  • Sole proprietors, Partnerships, Corporations can all participate
  • Employee owns 100% of contributions to SEP
  • Contributions the employee’s SEP-IRA cannot exceed the lesser of:
    • 25% of a participant’s compensation or
    • An annual dollar limit.

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