Are the deferred earnings in a SIMPLE IRA subject to FICA taxes?

While salary deferral contributions to a savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRAs and SIMPLE 401(k)s are not subject to income tax withholding, they are subject to tax under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and the Railroad Retirement Act (RRTA).

Coincidentally, employer matching and nonelective contributions are not subject to FICA, FUTA or RRTA taxes.

To read more, visit Plans The Small Employer Can Establish, SIMPLE IRA Vs. SIMPLE 401(k ) and Introduction To Simple 401(k) Plans.

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