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Form 1040ez 2011 1. Form 1040ez 2011 Definitions You Need To Know Table of Contents Other options. Form 1040ez 2011 Exception. Form 1040ez 2011 Certain terms used in this publication are defined below. Form 1040ez 2011 The same term used in another publication may have a slightly different meaning. Form 1040ez 2011 Annual additions. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Annual benefits. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Business. Form 1040ez 2011 A business is an activity in which a profit motive is present and economic activity is involved. Form 1040ez 2011 Service as a newspaper carrier under age 18 or as a public official is not a business. Form 1040ez 2011 Common-law employee. Form 1040ez 2011 A common-law employee is any individual who, under common law, would have the status of an employee. Form 1040ez 2011 A leased employee can also be a common-law employee. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 For example, the employer: Provides the employee's tools, materials, and workplace, and Can fire the employee. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 For example, common-law employees who are ministers, members of religious orders, full-time insurance salespeople, and U. Form 1040ez 2011 S. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 However, an individual may be a common-law employee and a self-employed person as well. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Compensation. Form 1040ez 2011 Compensation for plan allocations is the pay a participant received from you for personal services for a year. Form 1040ez 2011 You can generally define compensation as including all the following payments. Form 1040ez 2011 Wages and salaries. Form 1040ez 2011 Fees for professional services. Form 1040ez 2011 Other amounts received (cash or noncash) for personal services actually rendered by an employee, including, but not limited to, the following items. Form 1040ez 2011 Commissions and tips. Form 1040ez 2011 Fringe benefits. Form 1040ez 2011 Bonuses. Form 1040ez 2011 For a self-employed individual, compensation means the earned income, discussed later, of that individual. Form 1040ez 2011 Compensation generally includes amounts deferred in the following employee benefit plans. Form 1040ez 2011 These amounts are elective deferrals. Form 1040ez 2011 Qualified cash or deferred arrangement (section 401(k) plan). Form 1040ez 2011 Salary reduction agreement to contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity (section 403(b) plan), a SIMPLE IRA plan, or a SARSEP. Form 1040ez 2011 Section 457 nonqualified deferred compensation plan. Form 1040ez 2011 Section 125 cafeteria plan. Form 1040ez 2011 However, an employer can choose to exclude elective deferrals under the above plans from the definition of compensation. Form 1040ez 2011 The limit on elective deferrals is discussed in chapter 2 under Salary Reduction Simplified Employee Pension (SARSEP) and in chapter 4. Form 1040ez 2011 Other options. Form 1040ez 2011 In figuring the compensation of a participant, you can treat any of the following amounts as the employee's compensation. Form 1040ez 2011 The employee's wages as defined for income tax withholding purposes. Form 1040ez 2011 The employee's wages you report in box 1 of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Form 1040ez 2011 The employee's social security wages (including elective deferrals). Form 1040ez 2011 Compensation generally cannot include either of the following items. Form 1040ez 2011 Nontaxable reimbursements or other expense allowances. Form 1040ez 2011 Deferred compensation (other than elective deferrals). Form 1040ez 2011 SIMPLE plans. Form 1040ez 2011 A special definition of compensation applies for SIMPLE plans. Form 1040ez 2011 See chapter 3. Form 1040ez 2011 Contribution. Form 1040ez 2011 A contribution is an amount you pay into a plan for all those participating in the plan, including self-employed individuals. Form 1040ez 2011 Limits apply to how much, under the contribution formula of the plan, can be contributed each year for a participant. Form 1040ez 2011 Deduction. Form 1040ez 2011 A deduction is the plan contributions you can subtract from gross income on your federal income tax return. Form 1040ez 2011 Limits apply to the amount deductible. Form 1040ez 2011 Earned income. Form 1040ez 2011 Earned income is net earnings from self-employment, discussed later, from a business in which your services materially helped to produce the income. Form 1040ez 2011 You can also have earned income from property your personal efforts helped create, such as royalties from your books or inventions. Form 1040ez 2011 Earned income includes net earnings from selling or otherwise disposing of the property, but it does not include capital gains. Form 1040ez 2011 It includes income from licensing the use of property other than goodwill. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Employer. Form 1040ez 2011 An employer is generally any person for whom an individual performs or did perform any service, of whatever nature, as an employee. Form 1040ez 2011 A sole proprietor is treated as his or her own employer for retirement plan purposes. Form 1040ez 2011 However, a partner is not an employer for retirement plan purposes. Form 1040ez 2011 Instead, the partnership is treated as the employer of each partner. Form 1040ez 2011 Highly compensated employee. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Leased employee. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Provides services to you under an agreement between you and a leasing organization. Form 1040ez 2011 Has performed services for you (or for you and related persons) substantially full time for at least 1 year. Form 1040ez 2011 Performs services under your primary direction or control. Form 1040ez 2011 Exception. Form 1040ez 2011 A leased employee is not treated as your employee if all the following conditions are met. Form 1040ez 2011 Leased employees are not more than 20% of your non-highly compensated work force. Form 1040ez 2011 The employee is covered under the leasing organization's qualified pension plan. Form 1040ez 2011 The leasing organization's plan is a money purchase pension plan that has all the following provisions. Form 1040ez 2011 Immediate participation. Form 1040ez 2011 (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. Form 1040ez 2011 ) Full and immediate vesting. Form 1040ez 2011 A nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation for each participant. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Net earnings from self-employment. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 For the deduction limits, earned income is net earnings for personal services actually rendered to the business. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Net earnings include a partner's distributive share of partnership income or loss (other than separately stated items, such as capital gains and losses). Form 1040ez 2011 It does not include income passed through to shareholders of S corporations. Form 1040ez 2011 Guaranteed payments to limited partners are net earnings from self-employment if they are paid for services to or for the partnership. Form 1040ez 2011 Distributions of other income or loss to limited partners are not net earnings from self-employment. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 Qualified plan. Form 1040ez 2011 A qualified plan is a retirement plan that offers a tax-favored way to save for retirement. Form 1040ez 2011 You can deduct contributions made to the plan for your employees. Form 1040ez 2011 Earnings on these contributions are generally tax free until distributed at retirement. Form 1040ez 2011 Profit-sharing, money purchase, and defined benefit plans are qualified plans. Form 1040ez 2011 A 401(k) plan is also a qualified plan. Form 1040ez 2011 Participant. Form 1040ez 2011 A participant is an eligible employee who is covered by your retirement plan. Form 1040ez 2011 See the discussions of the different types of plans for the definition of an employee eligible to participate in each type of plan. Form 1040ez 2011 Partner. Form 1040ez 2011 A partner is an individual who shares ownership of an unincorporated trade or business with one or more persons. Form 1040ez 2011 For retirement plans, a partner is treated as an employee of the partnership. Form 1040ez 2011 Self-employed individual. Form 1040ez 2011 An individual in business for himself or herself, and whose business is not incorporated, is self-employed. Form 1040ez 2011 Sole proprietors and partners are self-employed. Form 1040ez 2011 Self-employment can include part-time work. Form 1040ez 2011 Not everyone who has net earnings from self-employment for social security tax purposes is self-employed for qualified plan purposes. Form 1040ez 2011 See Common-law employee and Net earnings from self-employment , earlier. Form 1040ez 2011 In addition, certain fishermen may be considered self-employed for setting up a qualified plan. Form 1040ez 2011 See Publication 595, Capital Construction Fund for Commercial Fishermen, for the special rules used to determine whether fishermen are self-employed. Form 1040ez 2011 Sole proprietor. Form 1040ez 2011 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. Form 1040ez 2011 For retirement plans, a sole proprietor is treated as both an employer and an employee. Form 1040ez 2011 Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications