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When Should You Set Up a Retirement Plan For Your Employees?

February 17, 2023

In this highlight, we discuss when you should set up a retirement plan for your employees.

Transcript

We have a question about retirement planning for employees in a startup business. A husband and wife own a startup and are looking for ways to contribute to their employees’ retirement as soon as possible.

As a business owner, it’s important to determine the goals of retirement planning. The goals can be to save taxes, retain employees, provide benefits, or to use excess capital. A great retirement plan can achieve all of these goals while also providing a path for employees to build independence. The government incentivizes small business owners to provide retirement benefits to their employees and that the employer match is there to encourage employees’ participation.

The typical journey of a small business owner and how, as the business starts to grow, the owner will start to look for ways to lower their taxes. One option is a SEP IRA, which allows business owners to go back in time and fund a retirement account for the previous year and get a deduction on their taxes. However, with a SEP IRA, all contributions must come from the employer only. I encourage business owners to take advantage of the government incentives and to create a path for their employees to build independence and financial stability.

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