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November 5, 2008

Tip of the Week: Visit for 2009 Facts and Figures

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Are you ready to make a higher contribution to your retirement plan in 2009? Did your company establish an HSA and you’re not sure how much you can put away? Do you need to know the maximum Social Security tax that can be withheld? The election results are in and so are most of the 2009 inflation adjustments for payroll facts and figures. We’ve collected what you’ll need and added them to our 2007 and 2008 presentation and now you can get them all in one place. Click Tutorials, then Important Facts and Figures. We’ll update them as needed so you can always visit when you need the latest results.

October 25, 2008

IRS Announces Increase in 2009 Highly Compensated Employee Limitation

In IR-2008-118, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an increase for 2009 to the Highly Compensated Employee Limitation under §414(q)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Non-discrimination testing in some types of retirement plans limits the deferral rate of “highly compensated employees” (HCEs) based upon the deferral rate (ADP) of the “non-highly compensated employees”. For 2009, an HCE is anyone who was a “5-percent owner” at any time during 2008 or 2009 or anyone who received in excess of $105,000 in compensation during 2008 and, if elected by the employer, is in the top twenty percent of employees based upon compensation. The HCE limit was $100,000 for 2007 and 2008 plan testing. Since the law includes a look-back provision, employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2007 are generally considered HCEs for 2008 plan year testing, employees who will earn more than $105,000 in 2008 are generally considered HCEs for 2009 plan year testing, and employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2009 are generally considered HCEs for 2010 plan year testing. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on changes to the HCE definition for 2008 and 2009, visit Important Facts and Figures, or get updated information for 2009 and 2010.

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