Along with wages and healthcare, the ability to participate in a retirement plan, usually a 401(k), is a key component of a company’s employee compensation package. 410(k) plans offer employees the ability to defer the taxation of contributions until the money disbursed from the 401(k). The employee benefits from a reduction in taxable income in the year of contribution, as well as the compound growth over time of the amount that would have been paid to Uncle Sam. Furthermore, about half of employers offering 401(k) plans match employee contributions, with the average being about 3.5% of salary. After paying down expensive debt and building a safety fund, maximizing contributions to a 401k plan should be high on any savers “to do” list.
401(k) plans are a great retirement savings vehicle for employees of large businesses, but what do you do if you are self-employed or an independent contractor? Fortunately, there are low cost, easy to administer options for the self-employed as well. [Read more…] about Self-Employed Retirement Plans