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Integration with Social Security 

 

A qualified plan can use an allocation formula that integrates with Social Security.  This relatively simple allocation method skews the total contribution allocation percent towards those individuals who typically earn in excess of the Social Security Wage Base (SSWB).  The integrated contribution compensates those employees for the loss of Social Security benefits on income that exceeds the Social Security Wage Base (SSWB).  The maximum permitted disparity is the lesser of a maximum percentage or the base contribution as follows:

 

5.7% if the integration level is 100% of the SSWB ($90,000 in 2005) or 20% or less than the SSWB ($18,000 in 2005);

 

5.4% if the integration level is more than 80% of the SSWB ($72,001 in 2005) but less than 100% SSWB ($90,000 in 2005); or

 

4.3% if the integration level is more than 20% of the SSWB ($18,000 in 2005) or 80% or less than the SSWB ($72,001 in 2005).

 

Selection of the optimal maximum percentage and the corresponding percentage of the SSWB provides an allocation of the highest percentage of the total contribution to those individuals who typically earn in excess of the Social Security Wage Base.

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