Small Business Tax Credits

Two New Options for 2020

The passing of the SECURE Act means good news for many Plan Sponsors starting a retirement plan or adopting automatic enrollment.

  • Small Business Tax Credit for Starting a Retirement Plan

Beginning in 2020, the SECURE Act increases the tax credits* available to businesses with up to 100 employees, including at least one non-highly compensated employee. The previous small business $500 tax credit for adopting a new retirement plan is now increased to $250 multiplied by the number of non-highly compensated employees (NHCEs) eligible to participate in the plan. The tentative credit for each year may not be less than $500 nor more than $5,000.

The business may claim this credit, following the formula above, for up to 3 years (3 tax returns). Each year’s credit is limited to 50% of the costs incurred that year to establish or administer a plan.

The first year the credit may be claimed is usually the year the new plan is effective. Although the law allows employers to claim the credit for the preceding year, this often is not a good idea because the 50% of costs incurred that earlier year could limit the earlier year credit to zero.

  • Small Employer Auto-Enrollment Credit

An additional tax credit of $500 per year for 3 years begins when a business includes automatic enrollment in a new plan or adds it to an existing plan. Unlike the credit for starting a new retirement plan, this credit is not limited to a percentage of costs and there is no NHCE requirement.

A business which meets both sets of requirements above could claim both credits for three years. The effective date for both credits begins on the first Employer Tax Year starting after 12/31/2019.

  • Take Advantage of Tax Savings Today

These credits are now available for the adoption of new retirement plans and for including or adding automatic enrollment to your plan.

For more information please contact your Sales Representative at JULY.

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* Please note these important considerations:

  • The credit is only for costs incurred by the business (not costs paid by the plan).
  • If the sponsor already sponsors a plan and adds a second plan, no additional credit can be taken. And if the sponsor has sponsored another plan within the last 3 years, no credit is available.

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