A qualified retirement plan can help your firm look more attractive to qualified employees. Finding quality employees can be a challenge today, especially when a job seeker is considering multiple job offers.
Lower income taxes
As a business owner you are able to match the contributions made by your employees. Your matching contributions (up to acceptable limits) are tax deductible. When starting a plan, you may also qualify for an additional tax credit.
Invest in your own retirement
You can invest money for your own retirement in the plan you set up for your employees. And, thanks to tax-free compounding of retirement plans, you’ll unlock financial freedom for your future.
Frequently asked questions
Who can set up a SEP Plan?Atticus2021-11-15T13:23:00-06:00
You can set up a SEP Plan as long as you are in business for profit, either full time or part time. The business can be run in many forms, including a sole-proprietorship or partnership (self-employment), corporation or a limited liability company. You don’t need to set up a corporation or limited liability company to have a SEP Plan. This means that you can set up a SEP Plan if you are a freelancer, a hairdresser, a consultant, a contractor, or a baker who sells cookies to your friends and neighbors.
Consult your tax advisor if you are uncertain whether the structure of your business will allow for a SEP Plan.
What are the benefits of a SEP Plan?Atticus2021-11-15T13:31:02-06:00
You are allowed to take a distribution at any time however all distributions will be included in your taxable income the year they are made. In addition, if you are younger than 59 ½ when the distribution is made, the amount may be subject to an additional 10% tax (early withdrawal penalty).
To take a distribution, you will be required to provide Atticus with the distribution details by completing a form available to you in your account dashboard.
I have employees. Can I add them to my Atticus SEP Plan?Atticus2021-11-15T14:12:40-06:00
If you no longer have business income, you have several options including the following:
Leave your account as-is but you will not be able to contribute to it unless you begin earning business income again. If you leave it open, you will still be charged $3/month and a 0.125% account fee if you have a balance.
Transfer your SEP IRA into an Atticus Traditional IRA or other retirement plan and make any allowable contributions to that account.
Transfer your SEP IRA to a Traditional IRA or retirement plan at another financial institution.
Take a cash distribution.
You should consult with your tax advisor regarding business income status. If you decide your SEP no longer suits your business, contact us learn more about terminating your SEP Plan.
How much can I contribute to my SEP IRA each year?Atticus2021-11-15T14:13:26-06:00
For the 2022 tax year, you may contribute the lesser of 25% of compensation or $61,000 ($58,000 for 2021). If you are self-employed, contributions are generally limited to 20% of your net earnings. See IRS Publication 560 for more information. The IRS regularly updates the maximum allowable contribution amount each year.
For each year that you make contributions to your SEP IRA, you must also make contributions to the SEP IRAs for any of your eligible employees.
Please consult with your tax advisor for assistance with calculating your allowable contribution amount.
Do I have to contribute the same percentage of salary for all of my employees?Atticus2021-11-15T13:48:16-06:00
No you do not have to contribute to your SEP every year. This is one of the key benefits of a SEP. If you don’t want to or are unable to contribute for a given year, you can simply choose not to contribute.
Are my SEP contributions tax-deductible?Atticus2021-11-15T14:13:53-06:00
The contributions you make to your and your employees’ SEP Plans are tax-deductible up to certain limits. If you are self-employed, there is a special computation to determine your deductible amount. See the IRS website for additional details and consult your tax advisor regarding the specific deductible limits applicable to you.
Are my SEP contributions to my employees’ SEP IRAs taxable to those employees?Atticus2021-11-15T13:55:00-06:00
Contributions made to your employees’ SEP IRAs are not taxable income for them. However, any distributions taken from the SEP IRA would be included in income and subject to applicable taxes. Atticus will provide each employee with a tax form with contribution details every year.
If I participate in a SEP Plan, can I continue to make contributions to a Traditional or Roth IRA?Atticus2021-11-15T14:02:05-06:00
Yes, you can still contribute to a Traditional or Roth IRA if you participate in a SEP IRA. The total amount you can contribute to a Traditional and/or Roth account is $6,000 ($7,000 if you’re age 50 or older by the end of the year), or 100% of your compensation, whichever is less.
What are my administrative responsibilities for my SEP Plan?Atticus2021-11-15T14:14:22-06:00
To establish an Atticus SEP IRA Plan you need to complete IRS Form 5305-SEP (which we’ll provide you). In addition, if you have eligible employees, you must add them to your SEP Plan and provide them with a copy of your completed Form 5305. You are required to notify your eligible employees about any SEP contributions that you make to their SEP IRAs annually. Atticus provides this to employees on your behalf annually by distributing a Form 5498 to participants who establish Atticus SEP IRAs. Other than your regular tax filings, there are no additional annual reporting or filing requirements.
Do I need to include 1099 contractors in my SEP Plan?Atticus2021-11-17T23:19:09-06:00
No, you don’t. The IRS requires you to include all eligible employees in your SEP plan, but independent contractors are not considered employees for purposes of your SEP and may be excluded. You may also choose to exclude leased employees and employees that participate in a union. Generally speaking, employees become eligible when they turn 21, have worked 3 of the last 5 years, and have earned at least $600 in 2020 (or $650 in 2021).
You should speak to your tax advisor to determine how your employees are classified and if they should be included in your plan. You can also view more about the IRS eligibility rules and definition of employees using the links below.
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