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H&r block at home free 1. H&r block at home free   Definitions You Need To Know Table of Contents Other options. H&r block at home free Exception. H&r block at home free Certain terms used in this publication are defined below. H&r block at home free The same term used in another publication may have a slightly different meaning. H&r block at home free Annual additions. H&r block at home free   Annual additions are the total of all your contributions in a year, employee contributions (not including rollovers), and forfeitures allocated to a participant's account. H&r block at home free Annual benefits. H&r block at home free   Annual benefits are the benefits to be paid yearly in the form of a straight life annuity (with no extra benefits) under a plan to which employees do not contribute and under which no rollover contributions are made. H&r block at home free Business. H&r block at home free   A business is an activity in which a profit motive is present and economic activity is involved. H&r block at home free Service as a newspaper carrier under age 18 or as a public official is not a business. H&r block at home free Common-law employee. H&r block at home free   A common-law employee is any individual who, under common law, would have the status of an employee. H&r block at home free A leased employee can also be a common-law employee. H&r block at home free   A common-law employee is a person who performs services for an employer who has the right to control and direct the results of the work and the way in which it is done. H&r block at home free For example, the employer: Provides the employee's tools, materials, and workplace, and Can fire the employee. H&r block at home free   Common-law employees are not self-employed and cannot set up retirement plans for income from their work, even if that income is self-employment income for social security tax purposes. H&r block at home free For example, common-law employees who are ministers, members of religious orders, full-time insurance salespeople, and U. H&r block at home free S. H&r block at home free citizens employed in the United States by foreign governments cannot set up retirement plans for their earnings from those employments, even though their earnings are treated as self-employment income. H&r block at home free   However, an individual may be a common-law employee and a self-employed person as well. H&r block at home free For example, an attorney can be a corporate common-law employee during regular working hours and also practice law in the evening as a self-employed person. H&r block at home free In another example, a minister employed by a congregation for a salary is a common-law employee even though the salary is treated as self-employment income for social security tax purposes. H&r block at home free However, fees reported on Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business, for performing marriages, baptisms, and other personal services are self-employment earnings for qualified plan purposes. H&r block at home free Compensation. H&r block at home free   Compensation for plan allocations is the pay a participant received from you for personal services for a year. H&r block at home free You can generally define compensation as including all the following payments. H&r block at home free Wages and salaries. H&r block at home free Fees for professional services. H&r block at home free Other amounts received (cash or noncash) for personal services actually rendered by an employee, including, but not limited to, the following items. H&r block at home free Commissions and tips. H&r block at home free Fringe benefits. H&r block at home free Bonuses. H&r block at home free   For a self-employed individual, compensation means the earned income, discussed later, of that individual. H&r block at home free   Compensation generally includes amounts deferred in the following employee benefit plans. H&r block at home free These amounts are elective deferrals. H&r block at home free Qualified cash or deferred arrangement (section 401(k) plan). H&r block at home free Salary reduction agreement to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b) plan), a SIMPLE IRA plan, or a SARSEP. H&r block at home free Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plan. H&r block at home free Section 125 cafeteria plan. H&r block at home free   However, an employer can choose to exclude elective deferrals under the above plans from the definition of compensation. H&r block at home free The limit on elective deferrals is discussed in chapter 2 under Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension (SARSEP) and in chapter 4. H&r block at home free Other options. H&r block at home free   In figuring the compensation of a participant, you can treat any of the following amounts as the employee's compensation. H&r block at home free The employee's wages as defined for income tax withholding purposes. H&r block at home free The employee's wages you report in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. H&r block at home free The employee's social security wages (including elective deferrals). H&r block at home free   Compensation generally cannot include either of the following items. H&r block at home free Nontaxable reimbursements or other expense allowances. H&r block at home free Deferred compensation (other than elective deferrals). H&r block at home free SIMPLE plans. H&r block at home free   A special definition of compensation applies for SIMPLE plans. H&r block at home free See chapter 3. H&r block at home free Contribution. H&r block at home free   A contribution is an amount you pay into a plan for all those participating in the plan, including self-employed individuals. H&r block at home free Limits apply to how much, under the contribution formula of the plan, can be contributed each year for a participant. H&r block at home free Deduction. H&r block at home free   A deduction is the plan contributions you can subtract from gross income on your federal income tax return. H&r block at home free Limits apply to the amount deductible. H&r block at home free Earned income. H&r block at home free   Earned income is net earnings from self-employment, discussed later, from a business in which your services materially helped to produce the income. H&r block at home free   You can also have earned income from property your personal efforts helped create, such as royalties from your books or inventions. H&r block at home free Earned income includes net earnings from selling or otherwise disposing of the property, but it does not include capital gains. H&r block at home free It includes income from licensing the use of property other than goodwill. H&r block at home free   Earned income includes amounts received for services by self-employed members of recognized religious sects opposed to social security benefits who are exempt from self-employment tax. H&r block at home free   If you have more than one business, but only one has a retirement plan, only the earned income from that business is considered for that plan. H&r block at home free Employer. H&r block at home free   An employer is generally any person for whom an individual performs or did perform any service, of whatever nature, as an employee. H&r block at home free A sole proprietor is treated as his or her own employer for retirement plan purposes. H&r block at home free However, a partner is not an employer for retirement plan purposes. H&r block at home free Instead, the partnership is treated as the employer of each partner. H&r block at home free Highly compensated employee. H&r block at home free   A highly compensated employee is an individual who: Owned more than 5% of the interest in your business at any time during the year or the preceding year, regardless of how much compensation that person earned or received, or For the preceding year, received compensation from you of more than $115,000 (if the preceding year is 2012, 2013, or 2014) and, if you so choose, was in the top 20% of employees when ranked by compensation. H&r block at home free Leased employee. H&r block at home free   A leased employee who is not your common-law employee must generally be treated as your employee for retirement plan purposes if he or she does all the following. H&r block at home free Provides services to you under an agreement between you and a leasing organization. H&r block at home free Has performed services for you (or for you and related persons) substantially full time for at least 1 year. H&r block at home free Performs services under your primary direction or control. H&r block at home free Exception. H&r block at home free   A leased employee is not treated as your employee if all the following conditions are met. H&r block at home free Leased employees are not more than 20% of your non-highly compensated work force. H&r block at home free The employee is covered under the leasing organization's qualified pension plan. H&r block at home free The leasing organization's plan is a money purchase pension plan that has all the following provisions. H&r block at home free Immediate participation. H&r block at home free (This requirement does not apply to any individual whose compensation from the leasing organization in each plan year during the 4-year period ending with the plan year is less than $1,000. H&r block at home free ) Full and immediate vesting. H&r block at home free A nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation for each participant. H&r block at home free However, if the leased employee is your common-law employee, that employee will be your employee for all purposes, regardless of any pension plan of the leasing organization. H&r block at home free Net earnings from self-employment. H&r block at home free   For SEP and qualified plans, net earnings from self-employment is your gross income from your trade or business (provided your personal services are a material income-producing factor) minus allowable business deductions. H&r block at home free Allowable deductions include contributions to SEP and qualified plans for common-law employees and the deduction allowed for the deductible part of your self-employment tax. H&r block at home free   Net earnings from self-employment does not include items excluded from gross income (or their related deductions) other than foreign earned income and foreign housing cost amounts. H&r block at home free   For the deduction limits, earned income is net earnings for personal services actually rendered to the business. H&r block at home free You take into account the income tax deduction for the deductible part of self-employment tax and the deduction for contributions to the plan made on your behalf when figuring net earnings. H&r block at home free   Net earnings include a partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss (other than separately stated items, such as capital gains and losses). H&r block at home free It does not include income passed through to shareholders of S corporations. H&r block at home free Guaranteed payments to limited partners are net earnings from self-employment if they are paid for services to or for the partnership. H&r block at home free Distributions of other income or loss to limited partners are not net earnings from self-employment. H&r block at home free   For SIMPLE plans, net earnings from self-employment is the amount on line 4 of Short Schedule SE or line 6 of Long Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax, before subtracting any contributions made to the SIMPLE plan for yourself. H&r block at home free Qualified plan. H&r block at home free   A qualified plan is a retirement plan that offers a tax-favored way to save for retirement. H&r block at home free You can deduct contributions made to the plan for your employees. H&r block at home free Earnings on these contributions are generally tax free until distributed at retirement. H&r block at home free Profit-sharing, money purchase, and defined benefit plans are qualified plans. H&r block at home free A 401(k) plan is also a qualified plan. H&r block at home free Participant. H&r block at home free   A participant is an eligible employee who is covered by your retirement plan. H&r block at home free See the discussions of the different types of plans for the definition of an employee eligible to participate in each type of plan. H&r block at home free Partner. H&r block at home free   A partner is an individual who shares ownership of an unincorporated trade or business with one or more persons. H&r block at home free For retirement plans, a partner is treated as an employee of the partnership. H&r block at home free Self-employed individual. H&r block at home free   An individual in business for himself or herself, and whose business is not incorporated, is self-employed. H&r block at home free Sole proprietors and partners are self-employed. H&r block at home free Self-employment can include part-time work. H&r block at home free   Not everyone who has net earnings from self-employment for social security tax purposes is self-employed for qualified plan purposes. H&r block at home free See Common-law employee and Net earnings from self-employment , earlier. H&r block at home free   In addition, certain fishermen may be considered self-employed for setting up a qualified plan. H&r block at home free See Publication 595, Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen, for the special rules used to determine whether fishermen are self-employed. H&r block at home free Sole proprietor. H&r block at home free   A sole proprietor is an individual who owns an unincorporated business by himself or herself, including a single member limited liability company that is treated as a disregarded entity for tax purposes. H&r block at home free For retirement plans, a sole proprietor is treated as both an employer and an employee. 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