SEP Plans Simplified
Posted by William Byrnes on March 2, 2011
SEP is a written plan that allows a business to make contributions toward executive’s retirement and employees’ retirement without getting involved in a more complex qualified plan.
Under a SEP, the business makes the contributions to a traditional individual retirement arrangement (called a SEP-IRA) set up by or for each eligible employee. A SEP-IRA is owned and controlled by the employee, and the business makes contributions to the financial institution where the SEP-IRA is maintained.
SEP-IRAs are set up for, at a minimum, each eligible employee. An eligible employee means an individual who meets all the following requirements: the individual has reached age 21, has worked for the business in at least 3 of the last 5 years, and has received at least $550 in compensation from the business in 2010.
There are three basic steps in setting up a SEP. Read the analysis at AdvisorFYI