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An amount that has been earned but is not actually paid until a later date, typically through a payment plan, pension, or stock option plan.
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Money or other compensation that has been earned but not yet received by the earner. Deferred compensation is not taxed until it is actually received, and is usually taxed at a lower rate when it is received (depending on one's income later in life). The most common form of deferred compensation is a retirement plan such as an IRA or 401(k), but stock options and other pensions also qualify.
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Compensation that is being earned but not received, a process that defers the taxes on the compensation until it is actually received at a later date. Deferred compensation includes various plans, some being pensions, profit-sharing, and stock options.
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deferred compensationpayment schemes that pay lower wages during the early years of employment in an organization and higher wages in subsequent years. With deferred compensation schemes, a worker's remuneration increases with seniority and experience, which tend to improve the worker's efficiency within the organization. Such compensation schemes tend to reduce labour turnover and reduce SHIRKING. See PAY.
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Compensation that will be taxed when received or upon the removal of certain restrictions on receipt and not when earned. For example, contributions by an employer to a qualified pension or profit-sharing plan on behalf of an employee are considered deferred compensation. Such contributions will not be taxed to the employee until the funds are made available or distributed to the employee, usually upon retirement or separation from service.
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