Small Business 401(k): Download Ubiquity's Guide to 401(k) Plans

Discover the transformative power of a 401(k) with our Guide to 401(k) Plans. Learn about the flexible features of a 401(k), tailored to accommodate the diverse needs of small businesses like yours. Empower your business's future and cultivate a loyal, financially secure team.

  • 401(k) types
  • Plan provision options such as Roth 401(k) and Safe Harbor
  • Benefits to small business owners
  • Benefits to employees
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    What is a small business 401(k)?

    A 401(k) is a retirement savings program tailored for businesses, allowing owners and their employees to contribute portions of their salaries to individual, often tax-deductible accounts. Here’s why it’s a choice option:

    • Tax Benefits: Contributions are typically tax-deductible, providing immediate fiscal advantages
    • Employer Match: Business owners can opt to match employee contributions, boosting the retirement fund’s growth
    • Flexibility: 401(k) plans can be customized to fit specific financial objectives, making them versatile retirement planning tools

    Legislation from December 2022 further simplifies the process for business owners to initiate these retirement plans. Pairing this with Ubiquity’s cost-effective, flat-fee plan ensures maximum benefits for both employers and employees.

    Advantages of a 401(k) plan

    A 401(k) plan serves as more than a financial tool; it’s a testament to commitment and foresight, fostering a sense of belonging and value among employees. By providing a 401(k) plan, businesses demonstrate that they not only invest in their present but deeply care about their team’s futures. Here are the standout benefits:

    • Immediate Tax Deductions: Both business owners and employees can immediately benefit from tax deductions on their contributions, enhancing current financial freedom.
    • Tax-Deferred Growth: Investments within a 401(k) enjoy growth without immediate taxation, amplifying potential gains.
    • Potential Tax Credits: Qualifying for additional credits can further alleviate the tax burden, driving the impact of your savings even further.
    • Lowered Taxable Income for Employees: By contributing pre-tax dollars, employees can immediately lower their taxable income, yielding direct financial benefits.

    Opting for a 401(k) plan is a transformative decision. It not only fosters a culture of appreciation and trust but also ensures the team feels valued and seen. It’s a way to blend business acumen with genuine care, cementing the bond between employers and their workforce. Secure a brighter tomorrow while nurturing a stronger, more united team today.

    Your new 401(k) plan could be free with tax credits

    There has never been a better time to open a 401(k) for your small business. See if you qualify for up to $16,500 with our calculator.

    Take advantage of federal tax credits of up to $16,500 that cover the first three years of your small business 401(k) plan with auto-enrollment1. These credits remove financial barriers and increase confidence and peace of mind for small business owners. Plus, you can qualify for even more tax credits by contributing to your employees' retirement plan!

    Do you already have a 401(k) plan that was started before 2019?

    May not be eligible for start-up credit if plan is more than 3 years old, but may still be eligible for $500 auto-enrollment credit.

    How many employees do you have?

    Cannot exceed 100 employees to be eligible for credit.

    How many non-owner employees were paid less than $150,000 last year?

    Please enter a number less than your total employee count.

    IRS guidelines require your plan to have at least one plan participant who was a non-highly compensated employee for it to qualify for the credit.

    Ubiquity 401(k) Plan

    Would you like to learn more about matching tax credits?

    1. Please refer to Important Information for details

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    Plan Provision Choices

    Roth 401(k)

    A 401(k) plan for small businesses offers dual paths for both employers and employees to invest: traditional pre-tax contributions and Roth 401(k) contributions. While pre-tax contributions allow for immediate tax benefits, Roth 401(k) contributions are made with after-tax dollars, offering future tax-free distributions. These distributions include both the initial contributions and any investment earnings, provided the employee meets specific requirements. To reap these tax-free benefits, the Roth 401(k) account must be held for at least 5 years, and the individual must be 59½ or older, disabled, or deceased. The Roth 401(k) serves as a powerful tool for those concerned about potential future tax changes, safeguarding against an unpredictable tax landscape and offering a reliable pathway to financial security.

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    Safe Harbor 401(k)

    A 401(k) plan has to meet certain rules each year to make sure it’s fair for everyone, not just the top earners. If a plan doesn’t pass these fairness checks, a small business owner can switch to a Safe Harbor 401(k) plan.

    A Safe Harbor 401(k) avoids these checks by requiring the employer to make specific contributions that belong to the employee right away. By choosing this option, owners and higher-paid employees can put more money into their 401(k) without being held back by what lower-paid employees contribute. It’s a flexible option that helps everyone make the most of their retirement savings.

    Read more about Safe Harbor 401(k)

    New Comparability 401(k)

    Unlike standard profit-sharing methods, the New Comparability Plan lets business owners contribute more to certain groups, such as older or higher-earning employees, while still meeting the non-discrimination rules. This plan design is often used by small business owners to maximize their contributions while providing a valuable retirement benefit to employees. It offers a flexible way to allocate contributions and can be a significant advantage for retirement planning.

    Read more about New Comparability 401(k) plans
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    401(k) Plan Details You Need to Know

    401(k) rollover

    When individuals stop working for the business sponsoring the 401(k), they typically have four options regarding their 401(k) savings. They can choose to leave their savings in that 401(k), roll over (move) their money to another 401(k), roll over their money to an IRA, or take a cash distribution of their savings. If an individual dissolves their 401(k) and takes the cash, it’s counted as income that year and taxed because the contributions were not taxed when deposited into the 401(k). You will be taxed for the contribution and all the interest earned unless your 401(k) was set up as a Roth, or after-tax plan. Many individuals choose to roll their 401(k) money directly into an IRA or into a 401(k) offered by their new employer. Expert advice: Look at the investment choices available to you and the fees associated with the plan or IRA before making any moves.


    401(k) withdrawal

    In saving for retirement, tax laws are designed to discourage savers from taking money out of a 401(k) before they retire. Money can only be taken out of a 401(k) after certain events occur such as leaving employment, disability, and retirement. Many 401(k) plans allow individuals to take a withdrawal before retirement if they are experiencing a financial hardship. Distributions took before an individual reaches retirement age may be subject to early distribution taxes as well as income taxes.


    Required minimum distributions

    If someone reaches age 73 and still has money in their 401(k), they must begin taking a minimum payment each year until the account is depleted. Some 401(k) plans provide exceptions for older workers who are still employed. When the 401(k) participant dies, the person(s) they named as beneficiary generally must continue taking payments out of the 401(k).


    Employer 401(k) contributions

    Many employers make additional contributions to their employees’ 401(k) plan accounts to help their employees reach their retirement planning goals faster, while also taking advantage of additional tax benefits for their business. The most common employer contribution is a match on a portion of the dollars an employee puts into the plan – for example, an employer may choose to contribute $1 for each dollar the employee contributes, up to the first 3% of the employees’ pre-tax pay. Employers, including self-employed individuals, also sometimes make discretionary profit-sharing contributions to their employees.

    Maximum 401(k) contributions

    For 2024, you can save up to $23,000 of your pay in a 401(k) ($30,500 if you’re age 50 or older). In addition, the business may make matching or profit-sharing contributions. Employee contributions, combined with any employer contributions, cannot be greater than the employee’s income for the year, up to a maximum of $69,000 for 2024.

    Limits for high-earning individuals

    Tax laws require 401(k) plans to pass nondiscrimination tests each year to make certain the 401(k) is not primarily benefiting high-earning individuals within the company. The IRS wants to ensure that plans that are being established within an organization are fair and balanced, hence the name, nondiscrimination testing. If lower-paid individuals are not making significant contributions, high-earners and business owners may not be able to maximize their contributions.



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