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Old 11-22-2017, 11:49 AM
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Question Retirement Plans; SEP IRA / Self-Employed 401(k)

My wife runs our large home daycare with one employee and I help out. I am required this year to take a Required Minimum Distribution from my IRA of ~46k. In the past my wife has only contributed the $6,500 to her IRA, but due to my RMD our income will be much higher and we want to increase her pre-tax retirement contributions.
It appears if she did not have any employees she could opt for the Self-Employed 401k. Since she doesn't qualify the SEP IRA seems available, but I'm confused about the contribution to employee(s). Her current employee has only worked here for ~6 months. Can we set up the SEP IRA with the requirement of employee must be working for 3 of the last 5 years, thus eliminating the requirement for employee contribution at this time, but still allow my wife to contribute?
If so can I undue the current $6,500 contribution to her IRA?

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Old 11-23-2017, 09:23 AM
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My wife runs our large home daycare with one employee and I help out. I am required this year to take a Required Minimum Distribution from my IRA of ~46k. In the past my wife has only contributed the $6,500 to her IRA, but due to my RMD our income will be much higher and we want to increase her pre-tax retirement contributions.
It appears if she did not have any employees she could opt for the Self-Employed 401k. Since she doesn't qualify the SEP IRA seems available, but I'm confused about the contribution to employee(s). Her current employee has only worked here for ~6 months. Can we set up the SEP IRA with the requirement of employee must be working for 3 of the last 5 years, thus eliminating the requirement for employee contribution at this time, but still allow my wife to contribute?
If so can I undue the current $6,500 contribution to her IRA?

Thanks,
Jim
Yes, you can set up a SEP because your employee hasn't worked for you for 3 of the last 5 years. Yes, you can undue her $6,500 contribution to the IRA by withdrawing it. You may want to look at setting up a SIMPLE IRA instead of a SEP because you can contribute more to a SIMPLE. Again, you wouldn't have to contribute to the employee's SIMPLE because she must have worked for at least 2 years.
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