What is a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA?


Have you ever heard of a simplified employee pension (SEP) IRA?

When talking about saving for retirement and investing in your future, the terms 401k, IRA, Roth IRA, and annuity are among some of the most common that you will hear about. But what if you work for a small business that doesn’t offer a 401k plan? What if you are self-employed and interested in saving for retirement? Let me introduce you to SEP IRA.

What is a SEP IRA?

A SEP IRA is a retirement plan that an employer or self-employed individual can set up. The employer is given a tax deduction in return for contributions made to the SEP plan for each eligible employee.

SEP IRAs usually have higher annual contribution limits compared to standard IRA plans. At the core level, SEP IRAs can be considered the same as any regular IRA with the benefit of having the ability to accept employer contributions. These contributions are also invested immediately meaning you have 100% ownership of the contribution and have fulfilled the time requirement that your employer has put in place (some companies require you to have worked for a set amount of time before the contributions are yours. So if the requirement is two years and you leave after one year, you would lose 12 months’ worth of contributions for not fulfilling the two-year requirement).