Individual 401k

A tax-deferred retirement plan that offers self-employed individuals and spouses the maximum retirement savings along with a Roth 401(k) option.

Account Details


  • The plan provides self-employed individuals with generous contribution limits.
  • Individual 401(k) contributions are generally contributions that are deductible as a business expense and are not required every year.
  • You can borrow against your plan assets.
  • You are able to roll over or transfer assets from SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, and Profit Sharing plans into the pre-tax, Individual 401(k) account.
  • Roth Individual 401(k) participants may still have and contribute the maximum allowable amount to a Roth IRA in addition to their Roth Individual 401(k) contributions.

Who Can Establish an Account

Available to any sole proprietor, consultant, or independent contractor.

Investors must meet two requirements:
  1. Presence of self-employment activity.
  2. The absence of full-time employees.


  • No age or income restrictions.


  • Employee Salary Deferrals up to $19,000 in 2019, or $25,000 in 2019 if age 50 or over ($18,500 in 2018, or $24,500 in 2018 if age 50 or over) with a $6,000 catch-up provision if age 50 or older. These salary deferrals can be split between the pre-tax Individual 401(k) account and the after-tax Roth Individual 401(k) account.
  • Profit-Sharing Employer Contributions up to $53,000 in 2019, not to exceed 25% of compensation. This discretionary contribution must be made to the pre-tax Individual 401(k) account.
  • The total of salary deferrals and profit-sharing contributions cannot exceed $53,000 in 2019; or if age 50 or older, $59,000 in 2019, or 100% of compensation.
  • The lesser of up to 25% of the compensation or for 2019, $53,000. (Total allowable profit sharing contribution must be reduced by any employee salary deferrals.)

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