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A SEP IRA is for self-employed Members or small business owners. Any business with at least one employee — or anyone receiving freelance income — can have a SEP IRA.
Employers, not employees, make tax-deductible contributions to a SEP IRA, and can decide each year whether and how much to contribute.
A SEP IRA doesn't come with many of the start-up and operating costs of most conventional employer-sponsored retirement plans. And a key advantage of a SEP IRA over a traditional IRA is its annual contribution limit is significantly higher.
How it works
- Employers make contributions on behalf of eligible employees to their SEP IRAs.
- Contributions can be made up to 25% of the employee's compensation for the year or $61,000, whichever is less.1
- Employers are not committed to making contributions — decisions about whether to contribute and how much can change each year.
- When an employer makes contributions, it receives a tax deduction.2
- Employees who leave the company can transfer their balance to a traditional IRA or another SEP IRA, or roll over the balance to a qualified plan.
How to qualify
- Be a sole proprietor, partnership or corporation with at least one employee.
- Employees must be at least 21 years old, have worked for the employer for three of the previous five years, and received at least $600 in compensation during the current year.
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- For 2022, the amount is subject to annual cost-of-living adjustments. The IRS announces any increase.
- This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.