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“Life Cycle” of a Solo 401(k) Plan

Similar to our lives, there is an actual life cycle of a Solo 401(k) plan as well.  And, that is how you want to think about your Solo-K plan.  If you do, it will certainly help cement in your mind how you are to operate your plan moving forward.  It is important that you fully understand this analogy to fully…read more →

Identity Theft — How the IRS is Trying to Help

Let’s face it, identity theft is not going away and it certainly has gotten worse.  There are many things that we can do to try to protect ourselves….and, the IRS and states know there is more they can do to try to protect citizens from tax-related identity theft issues. A large concern that we are all worried about…..fraudulent tax returns…read more →

IRS Form 5500-EZ — One Participant Plans

For those of you with self-directed 401(k) plans, the IRS Form 5500-EZ may or may not apply to you.  Whether or not you have to file the 5500-EZ for your Solo-K plan is based on whether the value of the plan’s assets exceed $250,000.    It is important to note that while many people believe the 5500-EZ is only for…read more →

Employees and Solo(K) Plans — Like Water and Oil

Yes, employees and Solo(K) plans don’t mix.  As much as it is preaching to the choir, one can never talk about this topic enough. Okay, you are self-employed and you have had success with your business.  You believe you have the need to add an employee to assist you with the business, and you give no thought to how this…read more →

Rollovers to a Solo 401(k)

There is never a bad time to give reminders on rollovers into a 401(k) plan.  There are many different retirement plans (e.g., IRAs, ex-employer’s 401(k) plans) that one can rollover into their Individual 401(k) plan.  And, when you keep in mind that a PGI SelfDirected one-participant 401(k) plan provides you the option of having a plan that can invest in traditional assets and non-traditional…read more →

Roth Solo 401(k)

So-called Roth Solo 401(k) plans are becoming more popular.  The reason I say “so-called” is that it really a marketing term that seems to suggest that it is a “different” or “special” type of 401(k) plan.  The promoters often suggest that they “have” this new plan.  Is the plan “different”….well, yes.  “Special”…definitely.  But, it is “different” and “special” because of what they allow you to do, not…read more →

Self-Employed? SEP vs. Solo 401(k) (Part 4)

In today’s post, we are going to try to save you some money…..yay!!  Here are two additional reasons why a qualifying candidate should seriously consider the Solo 401(k) over the SEP-IRA….and, it may just save you some money as well. No IRA Custodian Fees Yes, a great benefit of the Solo 401(k) is that is not required to be held through a…read more →

Self-Employed? SEP vs. Solo 401(k) (Part 3)

In this post, we are going to expand on a couple more advantages of the Solo 401(k) over the SEP-IRA.  However, while we are not spending significant time on these two benefits, don’t be fooled into thinking they are not important.  Depending on your interest in how you make your contributions and your investment strategies, these two benefits are important for you understand….read more →

Self-Employed? SEP vs. Solo 401(k) (Part 1)

As a self-employed person who wants to self-direct their IRA or 401(k), the question may come up as to whether you should establish a self-directed SEP-IRA or Solo 401(k) plan. Self-directed or not and no offense intended, but most self-employed people after visiting with their CPA or financial planner believe that the SEP-IRA is better.  But is it?  OR, is it perceived as the…read more →

401(k) Rollovers — This Isn’t Rocket Science!

IRS rollover rules can be complicated and confusing.  Confusing especially when you do not do them all of the time.  But, it is a little bit more disappointing when a very large self-directed IRA custodian hangs someone out for 2 months when they can’t figure out what to do.  What even makes this more laughable is that the large self-directed…read more →