West Sacramento Companies and Retirement Plans

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West Sacramento Companies and Retirement Plans

It’s important that people understand their retirement plan because to us, whether you have one or many employees, the plan you choose will only be a success if every participant reaches his or her retirement goal.

Deciding which plan works best for your company is easier when you break it down into two categories – those with employees and those without.

Companies with no employees
If your business has no employees except your spouse, your choice depends upon these questions: How much do you need to save for retirement? And how much of a tax deduction would you like for this year? There are three plans that may meet your needs:

  • SEP IRA
  • Owner-only 401(k)
  • Owner-only Defined Benefit

Companies with employees
If you have employees, you face two key questions: How much can you contribute for yourself? And what is the appropriate amount to contribute for your employees? There are two basic choices:

  • SIMPLE IRA
  • Safe Harbor 401(k)

Virtually all retirement plans offer three key features:

Tax-deferred earnings
When you invest in a “tax-qualified” retirement plan, you’ll pay no taxes on your earnings until you start taking withdrawals. Consequently, your earnings can grow faster than they would if placed in an investment on which you paid income taxes every year.

Tax-deductible contributions
Because you generally put “pre-tax” dollars into your retirement plan, your plan contributions will lower your adjusted gross income. As a result, you may lower your annual tax bill.

A variety of investment options
You can fund your retirement plan with an array of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and more.

Other options include:

  • 401(k) Plans
  • 403(b) Plans
  • 457(b) Plans

Your company plan, your way
Once you’ve chosen the right retirement plan for your business, we’ll be there to provide comprehensive education on retirement planning and investing – and to answer any questions or concerns you or your employees may have. We’ll let you know when it’s a good time to review your plan as well – and the plans of your employees if you have them.

Contact us at 916-373-1063 or scott@marcouxinsurance.com.

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