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Reading from google, I understand we can contribute to both

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Reading from google, I understand we can contribute to both 401(k) & SEP-IRA at the same time. However I am getting confused with the calculations. Can someone help me please

Employed by Company A (participating in 401k)
Salary - 100K
401k contribution - 17500

Owns and also employed by Company B (participating in SEP-IRA)
Salary - 72K
Business Profit - 50K
How much can the employer contribute under SEP-IRA?

MyVirtualCPA :

Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

MyVirtualCPA :

For the SEP IRA you can contribute 25% of the salary of $72,000 up to a maximum of $51,000

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But for your salary you would be able to contribute up to $18,000

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.



I have asked follow up questions but havent got an answer to that


It says if you are an owner and employer, then the contribution rate is more like 20% of the salary and not 25% of the salary (Can you expand a little more on this please)


Also when calculating 25%, shouldnt we calculate 25% of my salary with both company A & company B?

You would only place 25% of your salary from that business, not all your businesses combined, when calculating your SEP IRA contribution. It's only the business that has the SEP-IRA, not company A&B.

You would still be able to put in the entire 25%, but the deductible portion may be less. You can review publication 560 for more details on that, which can be found here:


You can use a calculator on the Fidelity website that will calculate this for you:

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.



Thank you for the reference to Section 560. I have not been able to follow this section which is why I put the exact numbers to you. I am not interested in contributing if I cannot claim a deduction. In the scenario above, can you please guide me how much can I contribute and claim deduction for?

You can contribute up to 25% of your salary. I assume you are a corporation. So you could calculate up to 18,000.

You can also use the calculator I linked to above as well for reference.

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