IRS: No Individual SEP Plans for PartnersPosted July 15th, 2011
Partners in a partnership and members of an LLC taxed as a partnership cannot have individual SEP IRAs (Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account) plans, according to the IRS.
Only employers are allowed to maintain SEP plans for their employees. Because partners are employees of the partnership for retirement plan purposes, they cannot have an individual SEP plan. If partners in a partnership wish to utilize a SEP plan, the partnership as an entity must maintain and contribute to the plan for the partners.
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For previous coverage of IRAs in Advisor’s Journal, see Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA (CC 11-03) & How Are IRA Owners Investing Their Money? (CC 11-112).
For in-depth analysis of SEPs, see Advisor’s Main Library: IRAs and SEPs.