On October 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced 2021 inflation-adjusted limits for all retirement plans, including SIMPLE IRA plans. Employees who are participants in employer sponsored SIMPLE IRA plans can contribute $13,500 for 2021. This remains unchanged from the 2020 contribution limit. Additionally, any eligible employee that will attain the age of 50 by December 31, 2021 can defer an additional $3,000 for a total of $16,500. This limit is also unchanged from 2020.
Each year, generally by November 1, employers sponsoring SIMPLE IRA plans must provide notice to eligible employees which employer contribution election they will be making for the upcoming calendar year. The notification to eligible employees must indicate whether you will be providing a match of up to 3% or, alternatively, a 2% discretionary contribution. Eligible employees are given the opportunity to defer a portion of their wages for the upcoming year. That election must be made by January 1.
Generally, employees that have earned $5,000 in any two preceding calendar years and that are expected to earn $5,000 or more in the upcoming calendar year are eligible. However, plans may have less restrictive requirements, so it is a good idea to check your plan document regarding employee eligibility.
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