Setting up an employee retirement plan can be a smart way to provide for one of your key assets – your people – as well as benefitting you and your business.
A quality retirement plan can:
- Help attract and retain valuable employees
- Reduce your company's tax burden
- Allow you to invest money in your own retirement
Provide for your employees
As a business owner, you take care of your employees through salary, medical care options and paid vacation time. So, why not offer a retirement plan that will help them now and in their retirement years?
You also may find that a retirement plan is an excellent tool for attracting and keeping valuable employees, as well as helping them attain a more financially sound future.
Trim your tax bill
Establishing an employee retirement plan may offer tax benefits because:
- Employer contributions to retirement plans (and often plan expenses) are generally tax-deductible.
- Your business may be eligible for a tax credit for establishing a qualified retirement plan.
Invest in your own retirement
You can invest money for your own retirement in the plan you set up for your employees.
A retirement plan may have these benefits for you and your employees:
- Potential growth of your investment earnings that’s tax deferred until you take a withdrawal or distribution
- Reduction of your income tax bill – now or in the future (when retirement funds are withdrawn)
- Company matching of a portion of your contribution
And, as a business owner (even if you're self-employed), you can usually invest more through a business retirement plan than through an IRA.
Assets withdrawn from a qualified plan may be subject to a 10% penalty tax if withdrawn prior to age 59½ and all may be subject to income tax. Keep in mind that investing involves risk, so there's no guarantee you'll reach your investment goals.
Choose a plan that suits your business
There are many types of retirement plans – 401k, 403b, IRAs, profit-sharing and defined-benefit (or pension) plans. Each has its own benefits, features, levels of complexity and administrative costs. Some are designed for large companies; others, for smaller enterprises. There may be tax implications, as well.
Nationwide has offered group retirement plans since they were established. We can help you tailor a plan to the needs of your business.