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October 20, 2009

IRS Announces 2010 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations

In IR-2009-094, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2010 the compensation limitation will remain at $245,000 under §401(a)(17), §404(l), §408(k)(3)(C), and §408(k)(6)(D)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC). The contribution limit under IRC §415(c)(1)(A) for defined contribution plans also remained at $49,000. This limit does not include the age 50 and over catch-up contribution of $5,500 when applicable; therefore the total limitation for eligible taxpayers age 50 or over in qualifying plans is $54,500. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on changes to the 2010 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations or get further information at Important Facts and Figures.

October 18, 2009

IRS Announces 2010 Highly Compensated Employee Limitation

In IR-2009-094, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2010 the Highly Compensated Employee Limitation under §414(q)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 will remain unchanged. 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 2010, an HCE is anyone who was a “5-percent owner” at any time during 2009 or 2010 or anyone who received in excess of $110,000 in compensation during 2009 and, if elected by the employer, is in the top twenty percent of employees based upon compensation. The HCE limit was $100,000 for 2008 plan testing and $105,000 for 2009 plan testing. Since the law includes a look-back provision, employees who earned more than $105,000 in 2008 are generally considered HCEs for 2009 plan year testing, employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2009 are generally considered HCEs for 2010 plan year testing, and employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2010 are generally considered HCEs for 2011 plan year testing. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on changes to the HCE definition for 2009 and 2010 or get further information at Important Facts and Figures.

October 17, 2009

IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2010

In IR-2009-094, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments to the limits on SIMPLE plan contributions for 2010. The limitation for SIMPLE plans is codified in §408(p)(2)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC). This section also requires annual adjustments as necessary to keep pace with inflation in a manner similar to that required by IRC §415 for retirement plans. Because the cost-of-living index in 2009 is lower than in 2008, there will be no increases to the amounts. For 2010, the SIMPLE plan regular limitation remains at $11,500. The age 50 and over catch-up contribution remains at $2,500 for individuals who plan to reach age 50 before the end of 2010. Contact Vision Payroll if you have questions on the SIMPLE plan contribution limits or get further information at Important Facts and Figures.

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