What is a SIMPLE IRA?

A SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers) IRA plan offers great advantages for businesses that meet two basic criteria. First, your business must have 100 or fewer employees (who earned $5,000 or more during the preceding calendar year). Second, you cannot currently have another retirement plan.

A SIMPLE IRA plan provides you and your employees with a simplified way to contribute toward retirement. It reduces taxes and, at the same time, attracts and retains quality employees. Compared to other types of retirement plans, SIMPLE IRA plans offer lower start-up and annual costs; they are just simpler to operate.

Other advantages of a SIMPLE IRA plan

  • SIMPLE IRA plans are easy to set up and run – your financial institution handles most of the details.
  • Employees can contribute, on a tax-deferred basis, through convenient payroll deductions.
  • You can choose either to match the employee contributions of those who decide to participate or to contribute a fixed percentage of all eligible employees’ pay.
  • You may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500 per year for each of the first 3 years for the cost of starting a SIMPLE IRA plan. (IRS Form 8881, Credit for Small Employer Pension Plan Startup Costs).
  • Administrative costs are low.
  • You are not required to file annual financial reports.

Information from the US Department of Labor

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