|Pub. 3991, Highlights of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002
||2007 Tax Year
IRAs and Other Retirement Plans
Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs)
Contribution limit increased.
For plan years beginning after December 31, 2001, the annual limit on the amount of employer contributions to a SEP
increases to the lesser of the
25% of an eligible employee's compensation.
$40,000 (subject to cost-of-living adjustments after 2002).
For years beginning after 2001, the following changes apply to the SEP deduction limit.
Elective deferrals (SARSEPs).
Elective deferrals under a SARSEP are not subject to the deduction limit that applies to employer contributions. Also,
elective deferrals are not
taken into account when figuring the amount you can deduct for employer contributions that are not elective deferrals.
Definition of compensation.
Compensation for figuring the deduction for employer contributions includes elective deferrals under a SARSEP.
For more information about SEPs, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business.
Figuring catch-up contributions.
When figuring allowable catch-up contributions, combine all contributions made by your employer on your behalf to
the following plans.
The total amount of the catch-up contributions to all plans maintained by your employer cannot exceed the annual limit.
For 2002, the limit is
Rollovers to and from 403(b) plans.
If a distribution includes both pre-tax contributions and after-tax contributions, the portion of the distribution
that is rolled over is treated
as consisting first of pre-tax amounts (contributions and earnings that would be includible in income if no rollover occurred).
This means that if you
roll over an amount that is at least as much as the pre-tax portion of the distribution, you do not have to include any of
the distribution in income.
Years of service for church employees and ministers.
If you are a minister or church employee, treat all of your years of service as an employee of a church or a convention
or association of churches
as years of service with one employer. Prior law required church employees and ministers to figure years of service separately
for each employer.
As a minister or church employee, all contributions made to 403(b) plans on your behalf, as an employee of a church
or a convention or
association of churches, are considered made by one employer.
If you are a foreign missionary, contributions to your 403(b) account will not be treated as exceeding the limit on
annual additions if the
contributions are not more than the greater of:
For more information about 403(b) plans, see Publication 571, Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans)
For plan years beginning after 2002, a qualified employer plan can provide for voluntary employee contributions to a separate
account or annuity
that is deemed to be an IRA.
For this purpose, a qualified employer plan includes a deferred compensation plan (section 457(b) plan) maintained by a state,
subdivision of a state, or an agency or instrumentality of a state or political subdivision of a state.
The term qualified employer plan also includes:
A qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock bonus plan (section 401(a) plan),
A qualified employee annuity plan (section 403(a) plan), and
A tax-sheltered annuity plan (section 403(b) plan).
More information about IRAs can be found in Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).
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