SEP IRA Plan Details

SEP IRA stands for Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account. It's a retirement plan commonly used by self-employed individuals or employers who do not have other qualified retirement plans. Opening a SEP IRA allows you to have more control and flexibility with investment choices.

Employer Advantages
  • Separate employer website (not available for brokerage).
  • American Century Investments® maintains prototype plan and updates it when laws change.
  • Contributions are a deductible business expense.
  • Contributions are discretionary.
  • Little to no annual paperwork.
Eligible Employers
  • Any employer or business structure including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietors.
  • A self-employed individual who is considered both an employer and an employee of the business.
Investment Choices
  • Funds held directly with American Century Investments: Select from a variety of mutual funds based on your risk tolerance and investment objectives. Select a fund and review its prospectus kit.
  • American Century® Brokerage: Choose from over 10,000 mutual funds, as well as publicly traded stocks, bonds, and more.
Annual Contribution Limits Employer Voluntary-For 2017, up to 25% of compensation or $54,000, whichever is less.1
Employee Contributions are not allowed.
Initial Employee Paperwork
  • Adoption Agreement
  • SEP IRA Application
  • Summary Plan Description
Annual Paperwork IRS Form W-2
Deadline for Establishing Plan Employer's tax return filing deadline, usually April 15, plus any extensions.
Annual Fees
  • Funds held directly with American Century Investments: Each participant pays a $15 annual custodial fee per fund. The fee is waived if the participant's total investments have a combined value of at least $10,000.
  • American Century Brokerage: A $50 annual custodial fee is charged per account. This fee is waived for Platinum, Gold and Silver Priority Investors or if the balance of the account is over $10,000. See Fees and Commissions for more information.
Eligibility Requirements Employment in any one, two or three of the preceding five years and is at least age 21.2
Maximum Vesting Schedule Participants are 100% vested at all times.
  • Early withdrawal penalties may apply for withdrawals prior to age 59½.
  • Withdrawals for special purposes may be permitted prior to retirement.
Secure Online Account Access Participants create a User Name and Password and Log In for secure online account access, to:*
  • View account balances
  • Conduct online transactions
  • View tax forms (if available)
  • And more.
Employers can Log In for secure online plan access, to:**
  • View plan assets
  • Transmit contributions
*Certain online transactions and maintenance are not available for all accounts, including American Century Brokerage accounts.

**Online plan access is not available for American Century Brokerage accounts.


1For 2017, contributions may only be based on the first $270,000 of compensation, as adjusted.
2Eligibility requirements may be less restrictive at employer's discretion.

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