A Rapidly Growing Small Business Doesn’t Offer 401k

A small business that is experiencing rapid growth may not be able to offer a 401(k) plan to its employees. There are several reasons for this. First, 401(k) plans are regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which imposes certain requirements on employers, such as making contributions and filing annual reports. These requirements can be complex and time-consuming to comply with, especially for small businesses that do not have a dedicated human resources department.

Second, 401(k) plans can be expensive to administer. Employers are required to pay for certain administrative costs, such as accounting fees and investment management fees. These costs can add up quickly, especially for small businesses with limited resources.

Finally, 401(k) plans may not be a good fit for all small businesses. For example, businesses with a high turnover rate may not be able to justify the cost of setting up and maintaining a 401(k) plan, since many departing employees will not be vested in the plan.

No 401k? No Problem: Retirement Planning for Growing Small Businesses

As a rapidly growing small business owner, you’re probably focused on building your team, growing your revenue, and expanding your operations. Retirement planning may not be at the top of your priority list. However, it’s essential to start thinking about your employees’ future and your own financial security.

Many small businesses don’t offer 401k plans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help your employees save for retirement. Here are some alternative retirement saving options that you can consider:

  • SIMPLE IRAs: These plans are designed for small businesses with 100 employees or less. They’re easy to set up and administer, and employees can contribute up to $13,500 in 2023. Employers are not required to make matching contributions.
  • SEP IRAs: SEP IRAs are another option for small businesses. They’re similar to SIMPLE IRAs, but there are no limits on the number of employees who can participate. Employers are required to make matching contributions, which are 100% vested immediately.
  • Roth IRAs: Roth IRAs are individual retirement accounts that are funded with after-tax dollars. This means that contributions are not tax-deductible, but withdrawals in retirement are tax-free. Roth IRAs have income limits, so not all employees will be eligible to contribute.
  • 403(b) plans: These plans are available to employees of public schools and certain other tax-exempt organizations. They’re similar to 401k plans, but there are some key differences, such as the contribution limits.

In addition to these options, you can also consider offering other retirement-related benefits, such as matching contributions to employee IRAs or providing financial education programs.

Remember, retirement planning is a marathon, not a sprint. The sooner you start planning, the more time you and your employees will have to save.

Contribution limits for retirement savings plans in 2023
Plan typeEmployee contribution limitEmployer matching contribution limit
401(k) plans$22,500 ($30,000 for individuals age 50 and older)100% of employee contributions, up to 25% of employee compensation
SIMPLE IRAs$14,500 ($17,500 for individuals age 50 and older)Up to 3% of employee compensation
SEP IRAs25% of employee compensation, up to $66,000 ($73,500 for individuals age 50 and older)100% of employee contributions
Roth IRAs$6,500 ($7,500 for individuals age 50 and older)Not applicable
403(b) plans$22,500 ($30,000 for individuals age 50 and older)100% of employee contributions, up to 25% of employee compensation

Thanks for reading, folks! I hope this article has given you some food for thought. Remember, there are plenty of other ways to save for retirement, and not offering a 401k doesn’t mean your employer doesn’t care about your financial well-being. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop me a line. And be sure to check back soon for more updates on the latest small business trends and news. Until next time, keep hustlin’!