“The increased elective deferral contribution for 2012, will make the solo 401(k) plan even more popular amongst the self-employed,” stated Adam Bergman, a tax attorney with IRA Financial Group.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 11, 2011
On November 8, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced in IR-2011-103 the cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for Tax Year 2012. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2012 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. With respect to the solo 401K plan, the elective deferral contribution for 2012 will be increased from $16,500 to $17,000. This increased elective deferral contribution limitation will apply to all employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan. In addition, the catch-up contribution limit for those aged 50 and over remains unchanged at $5,500.
“The increased elective deferral contribution for 2012, will make the solo 401(k) plan even more popular amongst the self-employed,” stated Adam Bergman, a tax attorney with IRA Financial Group. “The significance of the elective deferral contribution increase is that participants of a solo 401(k) plan will be able to defer annually up to $49,500 if they are under 50 and $55,000 if they are over 50,” stated Mr. Bergman.
One of the major advantages of using a solo 401K retirement plan over an IRA is the high contributions that one can make on an annual basis. Unlike an IRA, a solo 401k plan allows a plan participant to make high annual contributions to the Plan. The contributions can be in the form of pre-tax or Roth type contributions (after-tax).
The annual solo 401k contribution consists of two components, an employee salary deferral contribution and an employer profit sharing contribution. In 2012 the total contribution limit for a solo 401k Plan participant would be $49,500 or $55,000 if age 50 or older. The total allowable contribution limits are combined to get the maximum Solo 401k contribution limit.
With respect to the employee deferral component, a solo 401K Plan participant can contribute up to $17,000 per year to the plan. In addition, an additional “catch-up” contribution of $5,500 can be contributed for persons over age 50. Thus, an individual under the age of 50 can make an annual employee deferral of up to $16,500, whereas, an individual over the age of 50 can make an annual employee deferral of up to $22,500.
With respect to the employer profit sharing contribution component, the employer – not the individual – is permitted to make a tax-deductible contribution on behalf of the employee equal to an amount up to 25% of the participant's self- employment compensation. Note – the percentage is actually 20% in the case of a solo proprietorship and a single member LLC once the tax return calculations are complete.
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