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SEP Retirement Plans

SEP retirement plans are types of IRAs that are available to small business owners and self-employed individuals through reputable providers for retirement plans. SEP IRAs or Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Arrangement plans offer an easy way for workers who fall into qualifying categories to invest for retirement. Because the money put into SEP accounts is invested similarly to other forms of IRAs, individuals who take advantage of these beneficial plans can expect rates of returns that will allow their savings to grow in preparation for their retirement years. SEP retirement plan investors will also enjoy reduced taxable income during their working years as they put aside money into these accounts to save for the future. Funds invested in the plans can grow tax-free as long as no early withdrawals are made, which can result in substantial nest eggs when individuals commit to disciplined investing strategies.

Current business owners, employees and independent contractors need reliable accounts that offer tax benefits in order to have enough money when they retire. Social Security, basic savings and other types of pensions may not be enough to last for the rest of retirees' lives. SEP retirement plans are important financial tools that make wise investments for those who have access to them, resulting in another way workers can prepare for their futures. With another reliable financial source to invest for their futures, workers will have added confidence that their hard work will one day pay off when it comes time to retire.

Future Planning with a SEP

Many small business owners choose SEP retirement plans for their companies because they provide reliable investment sources for valued employees. The owners of small businesses are able to utilize the plans while offering the same benefits to their employees. Setting up SEP plans is also simple, and does not require high administrative costs or extensive paperwork. In addition, even an individual who is self-employed with no other employees can take advantage of this valuable way to begin to prepare for retirement. If you are a small business owner, a sole-proprietor or an employee whose employer offers SEP retirement plans to staff members, you can begin to invest for your future without hassles and confusion.

A smart step that you can take to develop the best future financial plan to create income for your retired years is to talk to a trusted financial planner about investing into SEP retirement plans. A reputable advisor will be there for you when you need advice or have questions. He or she will also be able to provide sound advice about when to set up your SEP, how often to put money into it and how much you will need to invest in order to one day be able to retire on your terms and keep your current standard of living. SEP retirement plans will provide future income to supplement Social Security payments and other pension plans so you will be able to continue living comfortably and securely for the rest of your life.

Qualifying for the Plan

Employees who have access to SEP retirement plans will find that it is easy to qualify to begin investing. If workers make more than $500 each year and have been with their company for three years out of the past five years, they may begin to participate in their employers' plan. They also must be age 21 years or older to enroll. Employers will be able to guide their valued employees in the amounts they are able to invest in a year's time, which can be up to 25 percent of their salaries. Additionally, individuals who are self-employed must pay close attention not to exceed limits of their net pay when investing in these important accounts, which are typically around 18.6 percent. [1]

Once the details of the plan are worked out and each participating employee has access to their own account, they may begin to invest with their retirement years in mind. As individuals invest money in SEP retirement plans throughout their working years, they will be able to see how their money grows. As long as investments are kept within the set guidelines, employees can adjust their investing strategies based on their individual needs. Creating reliable nest eggs will be even easier to do when these valuable accounts are added to the investment portfolios of future retirees.

The owners of small companies, their employees and self-employed individuals have investment needs in order to have financially secure futures. When offered options such as SEP retirement plans, workers will be able to save for their retired years with the confidence that their nest eggs will grow. If you are a future retiree who has access to one of these dependable accounts, taking advantage of its investing benefits will help you do all that you have dreamed about once you retire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEP-IRA 2/17/2012

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