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Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) IRA
$150 ESTABLISHMENT FEE
A Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees, commonly referred to as a SIMPLE IRA, is a type of employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. It is a great way to increase the amount that you and your employees are saving for retirement. The SIMPLE IRA is an alternative option for self-employed individuals or small business owners who have 100 employees or fewer.
The rules governing a SIMPLE plan are not as complicated as a 401(k). Contributions made to the plan have the potential to provide the plan or business owner with a tax-deduction equivalent to the amount of the contribution made into the account each year. This potential tax benefit is subject to government guidelines and income limitations. Earnings within the account are tax-deferred until withdrawn, just like a 401(k).
This means that the investment income in these accounts grows without having to be included in the account owner’s annual taxable income. Only when the funds are withdrawn from the account as a distribution will there be a potential tax liability.
One of the most notable benefits to a SIMPLE IRA is that funds are tax-deferred while in the account. That means that any money in the account is also tax-deferred until withdrawn from the account. For clarification, tax-deferred means you do not have to pay taxes until the funds or assets are removed from the account.
If you are eligible, you can potentially write off contributions taxes for your business. You can invest in almost anything except for the prohibited investments outlined by the IRS Code. A few examples of investments you can partake in are: private companies, third-party lending/promissory notes, or oil and gas ventures. However, it is important to be aware of any potentially prohibited transactions when selecting and making investments within the plan to ensure you do not invest in a prohibited investment.
PLAN SPONSOR DEDUCTIONS
Plan sponsor contributions to a SIMPLE IRA can be tax deductible by your business, provided you meet certain requirements.
LONGER CONTRIBUTION PERIOD
Unlike a Traditional IRA, which prohibits contributions past the age of 70 ½, your employees will receive contributions regardless of their age.
This plan assists in motivating employee retention by providing your team with additional benefits such as the ability to save more for retirement, by being employed with your company.
Employee contributions are always 100% vested. This is unlike most 401(k)s in which your plan documents can specify that employee contributions are vested in only a portion of the employer-matching contributions until a pre-determined length of service is reached with the company.
NOTE: Please visit www.irs.gov for a complete breakdown of the rules and regulations concerning SIMPLE IRAs. Certain restrictions apply regarding prohibited transactions.
|For Tax Year 2018|
|Employer Contribution Limits||Up to 3% of Compensation
|Up to 3% of Compensation
|Employee Contribution Limit||$12,500||$12,500|
|Employee Catch-Up Contribution
(Over Age 50)
*Your employer can elect from two different contribution methods. Check with your employer which option they have chosen. Employer contributions are in addition to your elective deferrals.
We do not offer investment, tax, financial or legal advice to clients. Individuals who believe they need advice should consult with qualified professional(s) licensed in that area. This section of our website is devoted to providing clients and potential clients with educational information. It is in no way intended as tax advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions asked when opening a self-directed account.
How do your fees differ from other custodians who handle traditional & alternative assets?
Provident Trust Group offers a flat-rate annual fee. This differs from many other alternative asset custodians who may increase your annual fee based on an increase in the number of assets you select, value of your assets, or even the purchase of a different asset class.
Most custodians of traditional assets collect fees and/or commissions based off of the amount of trades or recommendations of investment choices. For our full fee schedule, click here.
Can Provident Trust Group provide tax or legal advice regarding your investment?
No. If you should need tax or legal advice regarding your investment, you may engage a specialized tax law firm to provide the needed advice. Attorney-client privilege would then exist between you and the firm of your choice.
What types of investments are prohibited with retirement accounts?
The IRS does not state which investments are permissible in a qualified account or retirement plan, but they do state specific asset classes that are prohibited. The IRS currently prohibits IRAs to invest into Life Insurance, Collectibles and S-Corps. Some examples of collectibles include:
- Metals – with exceptions for certain kinds of bullion,
- Coins – (but there are exceptions for certain coins),
- Alcoholic beverages, and
- Certain other tangible personal property.
For more information, click here for the IRS Website.
Can my account invest with other partners, including myself?
Yes, your IRA can invest with other partners and yourself individually. However, it is important to consult legal counsel in these situations to observe formalities and rules that may be associated with that investment.
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