Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan

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Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SARSEP)

A low-cost, no-frills version of a 401(k) employee savings plan available to companies with 25 or fewer employees. It allows employees to make pretax contributions to their IRAs through salary reduction each year. The Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 replaced SARSEPs with SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. Existing SARSEPs were allowed to add new participants, but new plans could not be formed after December 31, 1996.

Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan

A former 401(k) for small businesses, defined as those with fewer than 25 employees. This plan minimized costs for the employer, and employees could make contributions through paycheck deductions. It was replaced by the SIMPLE plan in 1996.
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Note: Catch-up contributions for employer retirement plans are available only for plans that allow elective deferrals (401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, SARSEPs, and SIMPLEs).
Additional project work will be supplemented by the Learn, Educate, Self-correct, Enforce (LESE) program; the Individual Retirement Arrangements program, which oversees payroll-deduction individual retirement accounts (IRAs), SEPs (simplified employee pension plans), SARSEPs (salary reduction simplified employee pension plans) and SIMPLEs (savings incentive match plans for employees); and the Form 5500-EZ Delinquent Filer Penalty Relief program for one-participant plans.
Salary Reduction SEP (SAR-SEP): While new SARSEPs may not be adopted after 1996, an employer who has 25 or fewer eligible employees and who adopted a salary reduction SEP (i.
1, 1997, no new SARSEPs may be established; however, those in existence as of Dec.
SARSEPs are no longer available, but plans established prior to 1997 still are allowed to continue.
The new SIMPLE plans are somewhat simpler to administer and explain than the SARSEPs available under prior law, and SIMPLE IRAs are available to a broader range of employees (up to 100 employees instead of 25).
The new ERSA would consolidate 401(k), thrift, 403(b), and governmental 457 plans, as well as SARSEPs (Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension) and SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) accounts.
Also, the 2002 elective deferral limit for 401(k) plans, 403(b) annuities (for employees of public schools and 501(c)(3) organizations), section 457 plans (for employees of state or local governments or tax-exempt organizations) and SARSEPs (salary reduction simplified employee pensions) is $11,000 (up from $10,500 for 2001).
Employers may continue SARSEPs established before 1997, but no new SARSEPs are allowed.
Effective for 1997, these new plans replace salary-reduction simplified employee pensions (SARSEPs); after 1996, no new SARSEPs may be established (although existing ones may continue to receive contributions).
SARSEPs are repealed for years after 1996, but if already established, they may continue to receive contributions.
For this purpose, Retirement Plans do not include retail non-retirement accounts, SEPs, SARSEPs or SIMPLE IRAs.