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The Simple IRA guide for Employers is designed to provide you with all the information you need to understand, set up, and manage a Simple IRA plan for your employees. Below, you will find comprehensive details about the plan, benefits, requirements, setup process, and resources for ongoing management.

  • What is a Simple IRA?
  • Benefits of a Simple IRA for Employers
  • Employer Requirements
  • Setting Up a Simple IRA Plan
  • SIMPLE IRA contributions
  • Managing Your Simple IRA Plan
  • Important Deadlines
  • Early Withdrawal Penalties
  • Simplify Simple IRA Reporting on Paystubs with SecurePayStubs
  • Why Choose SecurePayStubs?

What is a Simple IRA?

A Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (Simple IRA) is a retirement savings plan that allows employers to contribute to their employees' retirement savings and allows employees to contribute as well. It's an ideal option for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees who want to offer a straightforward, tax-advantaged retirement plan.

Benefits of a Simple IRA for Employers

Tax Advantages: Contributions made by employers are tax-deductible, reducing your overall taxable income.

Employee Retention: Offering a retirement plan can help attract and retain talent by providing valuable benefits.

Ease of Administration: Simple IRAs are easier and less costly to administer compared to other retirement plans like 401(k)s.

Employee Contributions: Employees can make salary deferral contributions, increasing their retirement savings with pre-tax dollars.

Employer Requirements

Eligibility: The Simple IRA is available to businesses with 100 or fewer employees who earned at least $5,000 in the preceding calendar year.

Employer Contributions Options: Employers must either match employee contributions up to 3% of their compensation or make a non-elective contribution of 2% of each eligible employee's compensation.

Employee Eligibility: To participate in the Simple IRA, employees must meet certain eligibility criteria:

  • Employees must have earned at least $5,000 in any two preceding years.
  • Employees are expected to earn at least $5,000 in the current year.

Setting Up a Simple IRA Plan

Choose a Financial Institution: Select a bank, insurance company, or other financial institution to hold the IRA assets.

Sign the Plan Documents: Complete IRS Form 5304-SIMPLE or Form 5305-SIMPLE. Form 5304 is used when employees select the financial institutions for their IRAs, while Form 5305 is used when the employer selects the institution.

Notify Employees: Provide eligible employees with information about the Simple IRA plan and the institution managing it.

Establish Employee Accounts: Assist employees in setting up their Simple IRA accounts with the chosen institution.

SIMPLE IRA contributions

Employer Contributions

Matching Contributions: Employers must generally match employee salary reduction contributions, often up to 3% of their compensation, unless they opt for non-elective contributions instead. They can also choose to match at a lower percentage, down to 1%, for up to 2 out of 5 years, with prior notification to employees.

Non-Elective Contributions: Instead of matching contributions, employers can opt for non-elective contributions of 2% of each eligible employee's compensation. This choice requires the employer to make these contributions regardless of whether the employee chooses to contribute. Employees' compensation up to $345,000 for 2024 (or $330,000 for 2023, $305,000 for 2022, $290,000 for 2021, and $285,000 for 2020) is considered when calculating the contribution limit. If the employer selects this 2% contribution formula, they must inform employees within a reasonable period before the 60-day election period for the calendar year.

Employee Contributions

  • Employees are limited in the amount they can contribute from their salary to a SIMPLE IRA, capped at $16,000 in 2024 ($15,500 in 2023; $14,000 in 2022; $13,500 in 2020 and 2021; $13,000 in 2019; and $12,500 in 2015 – 2018).
  • If an employee participates in multiple employer plans with elective salary reductions, the total contribution across all plans is capped at $23,000 in 2024 ($22,500 in 2023; $20,500 in 2022; $19,500 in 2020 and 2021; and $19,000 in 2019).
  • Employees aged 50 or over can also make catch-up contributions if allowed by the SIMPLE IRA plan, capped at $3,500 in 2023 and 2024 ($3,000 in 2015 - 2022).

Managing Your Simple IRA Plan

Annual Notice: Inform employees about their ability to make or change salary reduction contributions, and the employer's contribution method.

Contribution Deposits: Ensure timely deposits of employee contributions (generally by the 30th day of the month following the month in which the contributions are withheld).

Recordkeeping: Maintain accurate records of employee contributions, employer contributions, and plan administration.

Ongoing Communication: Regularly update employees on their contributions, account balances, and any changes to the plan.

Important Deadlines

Plan Establishment: The Simple IRA plan must be set up by October 1 of the year in which it is to take effect.

Employee Notification: Notify employees at least 60 days before the start of the year or the date the employee becomes eligible.

Contribution Deadline: Employer contributions must be made by the due date of the employer's tax return (including extensions).

Early Withdrawal Penalties

Withdrawals taken before age 59½ may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty, plus income tax. If this withdrawal occurs within the first 2 years of participation, the 10% tax is increased to 25%. It's important to communicate these penalties to employees to encourage long-term savings.

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This article has been updated from its original publication date of May 25, 2024.