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November 2, 2010

IRS Announces 2011 SEP Compensation Limitation

IRS Announces 2011 SEP Compensation Limitation
IRS Announces 2011 SEP Compensation Limitation
In IR-2010-108, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2011 compensation limitation for Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plans. Under §408(k)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, SEP contributions are generally required for any employee of an employer with a SEP plan who has attained age 21, has performed service for the employer during at least three of the immediately preceding five years, and received at least a certain level of “compensation” from the employer for the year.

2011 Compensation Limits Remains Unchanged

For 2011, the compensation limit will remain at $550.

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November 1, 2010

IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2011

IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2011
IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2011
In IR-2010-108, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments to the limits on SIMPLE plan contributions for 2011. 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.

2011 Contribution Limits Remains Unchanged

Because the cost-of-living index in 2010 is lower than it was in 2008, there will be no increases to the amounts. For 2011, 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 2011.

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October 31, 2010

IRS Announces 401(k), 403(b), and 457(e)(15) Deferral Limits for 2011

IRS Announces 401(k), 403(b), and 457(e)(15) Deferral Limits for 2011
IRS Announces 401(k), 403(b), and 457(e)(15) Deferral Limits for 2011
In IR-2010-108, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the limits on deferral contributions for 2011 under §401(k), §403(b), and §457(e)(15). These limitations are codified in those sections of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC). Under IRC §415, the Commissioner of the IRS is required to adjust the plan limitations to keep pace with inflation.

2011 Contribution Limits Remains Unchanged

For 2011, the deferral contribution limitation will remain at $16,500. The age 50 and over catch-up contribution will remain at $5,500 for 2011 for individuals who plan to reach age 50 before the end of 2011.

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October 30, 2010

IRS Announces 2011 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations

IRS Announces 2011 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations
IRS Announces 2011 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations
In IR-2010-108, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2011 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).

2011 Contribution Limit Also Remains Unchanged

The contribution limit under IRC §415(c)(1)(A) for defined contribution plans will remain 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 will be $54,500.

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October 29, 2010

Question of the Week: What Are the 2011 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?

What Are the 2011 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?
What Are the 2011 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?
This week’s question comes from Cristina, a company president. We’re doing some planning for next year. What are the 2011 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?

IRS Releases 2011 Highly Compensated Employee Limits in IR-2010-108

In IR-2010-108, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2011 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”.

Highly Compensated Employee Compensation Limit Remains at $110,000

For 2011, an HCE is anyone who was a “5-percent owner” at any time during 2010 or 2011 or anyone who received in excess of $110,000 in compensation during 2010 and, if elected by the employer, is in the top twenty percent of employees based upon compensation. The HCE limit was $110,000 for 2008 and 2009.

Look-back Provision Impacts HCE Testing Period

Since the law includes a look-back provision, employees who earned more than $110,000 in 2009 are generally considered HCEs for 2010 plan year testing, employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2010 are generally considered HCEs for 2011 plan year testing, and employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2011 are generally considered HCEs for 2012 plan year testing.

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