Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan

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A Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SARSEP) is a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan set up before 1997 that includes a salary reduction arrangement. Under a SARSEP, employees can choose to have the employer contribute part of their pay to their Individual Retirement Account or Annuity (IRA) set up under the SARSEP (a SEP-IRA). A SARSEP may not be established after 1996. However, for SARSEPs set up before 1997, eligible employees hired after 1996 must be allowed to participate.[1]

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) changed many of the Internal Revenue Code's requirements and limits for qualified plans and IRAs. If a model SARSEP plan was used, an updated model plan should have been adopted by the end of 2002 to take advantage of new law changes.[2]


  1. IRS, Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SARSEP), viewed December 15, 2014.
  2. IRS, Retirement Plans FAQs regarding SARSEPs, viewed December 15, 2014.

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