Retirement Plan Choices For The Self-Employed
1. Traditional or Roth IRAs. You don't have to be self-employed to set up and contribute to these IRAs. For 2017, you can put up to $5,500 into a traditional or Roth IRA if you're under age 50. Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible, depending on your income and whether you also contribute to a plan at work, and earnings in your account grow tax-deferred. A Roth is funded with after-tax dollars but withdrawals during retirement are normally tax-free. You can't contribute to a Roth if you're single and earn more than $118,000 in 2017 or are married and earn more than $186,000. But there are no income limits on converting a traditional IRA to a Roth; you just have to pay income tax on the amount you convert.
2. Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA. If you can put more than $5,500 into a retirement plan for 2017, this may be the vehicle for you. You can put up to 25% of your self-employment income, up to a maximum of $54,000 in 2017, into a SEP. Contributions are tax-deductible and earnings grow tax-deferred.
3. SOLO 401(k). With this kind of plan, you may be able to contribute more than you can put into a SEP IRA. As an employee, you're able to contribute 100% of your earnings up to a maximum of $18,000, or $24,000 if you're 50 or older. Then, as your own employer, you can add up to 25% of your earned income—your net earnings from self-employment minus one-half of your self-employment tax and the amount you already contributed to the retirement plan—up to a maximum of $54,000 for 2017. We can help with any of these plans.
© 2017. All Rights Reserved.
- Do You Know If Your Business Really Is Small?
- 5 Reasons To Amend Your Estate Plan
- New Law Says Tax Debtors May Lose Their Passports
- Taxing Issues For Business Entities
- Be Aware Of Your Tax Surroundings
- Take Your RMD On Time, But You Might Want To Add To It
- Show More Life With A Living Trust
- What Women Want: An Equal Share Of The Financial Pie
- New Study Says U.S. Tax System Is Among Worst In The World
- Five Ways You Can Dig For Gold
- 7 Tax Baskets For Investments
- New Law Tightens Up Two Social Security Loopholes
- 7 Top Tax Moves Late In The Year
- Give Tax-Exempt Gifts Above Annual Gift Tax Exclusion
- Should You Work Longer Or Save More For Retirement?