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October 23, 2011

IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2012

IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2012
IRS Announces Adjustments to SIMPLE Plan Limits for 2012
In IR-2011-103, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced cost-of-living adjustments to the limits on SIMPLE plan contributions for 2012. 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.

2012 Contribution Limits Remains Unchanged

For 2012, 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 2012.

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October 22, 2011

IRS Announces 2012 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations

IRS Announces 2012 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations
IRS Announces 2012 Retirement Plan Contribution and Compensation Limitations
In IR-2011-103, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2012 the compensation limitation will increase from $245,000 to $250,000 under §401(a)(17), §404(l), §408(k)(3)(C), and §408(k)(6)(D)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC).

2012 Contribution Limit Also Increases

The contribution limit under IRC §415(c)(1)(A) for defined contribution plans will increase from $49,000 to $50,000. 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 $55,500.

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October 21, 2011

Question of the Week: What Are the 2012 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?

What Are the 2012 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?
What Are the 2012 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?
This week’s question comes from Carla, a company president.

Carla asks:

We’re doing some compensation planning for next year. What are the 2012 Highly Compensated Employee Limits?

Answer: The IRS has just released updated information for 2012.

IRS Releases 2012 Highly Compensated Employee Limits in IR-2011-103

In IR-2011-103, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that for 2012 the Highly Compensated Employee Limitation under §414(q)(1)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 will increase to $115,000. 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 Had Been $110,000

For 2012 plan year testing, an HCE is anyone who was a “5-percent owner” at any time during 2011 or 2012 or anyone who received in excess of $110,000 in compensation during 2011 and, if elected by the employer, is in the top twenty percent of employees based upon compensation. The HCE limit was also $110,000 for 2010 and 2011 plan year testing. The new $115,000 limit for 2012 is to be used for 2013 plan year testing.

Look-back Provision Impacts HCE Testing Period

Since the law includes a look-back provision, employees who earned more than $110,000 in 2010 are generally considered HCEs for 2011 plan year testing, employees who will earn more than $110,000 in 2011 are generally considered HCEs for 2012 plan year testing, and employees who will earn more than $115,000 in 2012 are generally considered HCEs for 2013 plan year testing.

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