Study Shows Solo 401K PLAN Outpacing SEP Self Directed IRA as Most Popular Retirement Plan for the Self-Employed

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IRA Financial Group study shows Solo 401K Plan becoming retirement plan of choice for the self-employed

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“The trend is not surprising considering the solo 401(k) plan offers far more tax planning advantages than a SEP IRA,” stated Adam Bergman, a tax attorney with the IRA Financial Group.

IRA Financial Group, the leading provider of IRS compliant solo 401(k) plans, isn’t the only company that has noticed a growing trend of self-employment retirement investors moving from the SEP IRA to the solo 401k plan.

A study commissioned by the IRA Financial Group has shown that over an 18 month period, a growing number of self-employed individuals are choosing the solo 401(k) plan over a SEP IRA or SEP self directed IRA. The results were based off over 450 interviews of self-employed individuals examining a self-employment retirement plan solution.

“The trend is not surprising considering the solo 401(k) plan offers far more tax planning advantages than a SEP IRA,” stated Adam Bergman, a tax attorney with the IRA Financial Group. For example, if a self-employed individual over the age of 50 earned $100,000 of earned income, with a SEP IRA that individual would only be able to defer $25,000 for that year (25% of $100,000). Whereas, in the case of a solo 401(k), thanks to the 2002 EGTRRA Act, the self-employed individual would be able to defer $42,000 ($22,000 as an employee deferral and 20% of his/her compensation as a profit sharing contribution).

IRA Financial Group’s solo 401K plan is unique and so popular because it is designed explicitly for small, owner only business. With IRA Financial Group’s solo 401K plan, self-employed individuals or small business owners with no employees can benefit by making high annual contributions – up to $49,000 - with an additional $5,500 catch-up contribution for those over age 50, make traditional as well as non-traditional investments, such as real estate, as well as borrow up to $50,000 or 50% of their account value tax-free and penalty free. IRA Financial Group’s solo 401(k) plan is a trustee directed plan meaning the trustee and not the custodian is in charge of making investment decisions on behalf of the plan. With a solo 401(k) plan, in most cases the trustee will be the plan participant providing the plan participant with greater control and investment authority over his or her retirement funds. In addition, with IRA Financial Group’s solo 401K Plan, the plan account can be opened at any local bank, including Chase, Wells Fargo, and even Fidelity.

IRA Financial Group’s solo 401K plan is easy to operate. There is generally no annual filing requirement unless the fair market value of the assets in the solo 401K Plan exceed $250,000, in which case a short information return will be required to be filed with the IRS (Form 5500-EZ).

“Thanks to increased media attention on the benefits of the solo 401(k) plan, more and more self-employed individuals and their advisors are beginning to choose the solo 401(k) plan over the SEP IRA as a retirement plan,” stated Mr. Bergman.

The IRA Financial Group was founded by a group of top law firm tax and ERISA lawyers who have worked at some of the largest law firms in the United States, such as White & Case LLP and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

IRA Financial Group is the market’s leading “Checkbook Control” Self Directed IRA and Solo 401k Plan Facilitator. We have helped thousands of clients take back control over their retirement funds while gaining the ability to invest in almost any type of investment, including real estate tax-free and without custodian consent!

To learn more about the IRA Financial Group please visit our website at or call 800-472-0646.


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