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Terminating a SIMPLE IRA Plan

Other than the first year you set up your plan, SIMPLE IRA plans must be maintained for a whole calendar year. Once started, you must continue your SIMPLE IRA plan for the entire calendar year, funding all contributions promised in the employee notice.

If you decide your SIMPLE IRA plan no longer suits your business, consult with your financial institution to determine if another type of retirement plan might be a better match.


How do I terminate my SIMPLE IRA plan?

Step 1: Notify your employees within a reasonable time before November 2 that you’ll discontinue the SIMPLE IRA plan effective the following January 1.

Step 2: Notify your SIMPLE IRA plan’s financial institution and payroll provider that you won’t be making SIMPLE IRA contributions for the next calendar year and that you want to terminate your contributions.

Step 3: You should keep records of your actions, but you don’t need to notify the IRS that you have terminated the SIMPLE IRA plan.

Example: Acme Company decided on November 18, 2014, to terminate its SIMPLE IRA plan as soon as possible. The earliest effective date for the termination is January 1, 2016. Acme must notify its employees before November 2, 2015, that it won’t sponsor a SIMPLE IRA plan for 2016.


Can I terminate or amend my SIMPLE IRA plan in the middle of the year?

No, you cannot end your plan in the middle of the calendar year. Once started, you must continue your SIMPLE IRA plan for the entire calendar year, funding all contributions promised in the employee notice.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 30-May-2014