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Individual 401(k) Plans allow self-employed, or owners with a spouse employee, tax-deferred retirement savings. Plus, contributions are deductible business expenses.

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  • Larger contribution limits compared to other plans
  • Owner contributes as employer and employee, benefiting from both
  • Contributions are a deductible business expense

Who Contributes1

  • As Employer: Discretionary, up to 25% of compensation up to $54,000*, whichever is less.
  • Employee Contributions: Roth or Pre-tax 401(k) up to $18,000*
  • Employees Age 50+: Additional catch-up contributions up to $6,000

*Limits listed are for 2017. The IRS sets limits annually.

Plan Details

Deadline to establish

Last day of the business’s fiscal year, usually December 31

Eligible Employers

Self-employed individuals or business owners with only a spouse employee

Participant Fee

Annual $25 service fee which is deducted from participant accounts

Plan Administrator Responsibilities2

  • Complete Summary Plan Description
  • File annual IRS Form 5500 once plan assets reach $250,000
  • Distribute applicable employee notices and disclosures
  • Distribute annual 404(a) Participant Disclosures

Investment Options

Support & Guidance

  • Wide range of no-load mutual funds available
  • One-on-one guidance, plus education and tools to help you and your employees plan for retirement 
  • Easy online access to track investments and make changes
  • Secure Plan Sponsor Access website for convenient management
  • Distribution services available for tax reporting

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1 Contributions may only be based on the first $270,000 of compensation as adjusted.
2 Additional employer responsibilities apply.

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