When you work for a large company, decisions about saving for retirement are often made for you—your employer likely offers some sort of savings account that provides tax benefits for you to save for retirement, and may even match any contributions you put into that account. But when you’re a small business owner, you have to navigate the retirement savings process alone, which can be stressful. It may seem even trickier if you have employees and need to set up a plan by yourself. But there is a lot of good news:
The Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace is a virtual marketplace where qualified financial services firms offer low-cost retirement savings plans to businesses with less than 100 employees, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals. Retirement plans listed on the Marketplace must meet certain minimum requirements.
Some states are setting up their own marketplaces or state-run retirement saving programs to help make it easier for small businesses and their employees to save for the future. Check out this list to see if your state is offering a program.
OregonSaves is a state retirement program that provides Oregonians a unique opportunity to save for the future. Whether you are an employer who will facilitate the program or an individual planning for the future, OregonSaves is a simple way to get started.
In early 2018, Illinois launched a pilot for Illinois Secure Choice, a state-sponsored retirement program. This new, simple way to save for retirement provides a Roth Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) to those employees who do not have access to a retirement savings plan through work. Illinois Secure Choice is estimated to help 1.2 million workers in Illinois save for their future retirement.
The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is a new portable workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers are unable to offer their employees a way to save for retirement. CalSavers is run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers.
A type of individual retirement account in which your contributions are taxed, but your withdrawals are tax-free.
A type of individual retirement account in which your contributions are tax-free, and you are taxed on withdrawals.
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