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Keeping my solo 401k but hiring an employee [closed]

My wife runs an in-home preschool which is licensed as a daycare. She has a solo 401k for herself. Every year she contributes the maximum value to this 401k which is currently $23,000 for personal ...
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What business tax forms are impacted by adding an employer non-elective 401(k) contribution?

Bob is the owner and only employee of an S-corporation. For tax year 2023, he pays himself a salary of $150,000 and elects to defer $22,500 to a one-participant 401(k) plan. Bob also wants to add ...
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Solo 401k contribution limit for high Schedule K-1 income

This is really two questions. For this post, I'm going to use a very simple example. I have a single-member LLC with an S-corp election. I am the only employee. In 2023, my W2 wages were $66,000. My K-...
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Contribution deadlines for Solo 401k as Single-Member LLC

I am trying to understand Solo 401k contribution deadlines for Single-Member LLC: Pre-tax contributions to traditional solo 401k. This includes both employer and employee contributions. After-tax ...
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Consolidating Multiple Solo 401k Plans into One

My spouse and I have separate solo 401k plans (let’s call them Plan A and Plan B), which we opened a few years ago when we undertook self-employed activities. This year, we opened an LLC as QJV and ...
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Applying 1099 Income to Solo401k Contributions

I have been doing contract work and receiving checks made out to me personally, which will be reported on a 1099. I also just formed an S Corp for future employment to get some of the benefits there. ...
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Solo 401k establishments costs - is it employer or employee?

I am on owner/employee for S-Corp. Took help from an administrator in establishing Solo 401k and paid some fees. Can we write this fee as "business expense" (or) "is it EMPLOYEE expense&...
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How to rollover Solo Roth 401k to Roth IRA

I have a Solo 401k at TD Ameritrade for retirement investing of side-hustle income. This plan comprises two accounts: a traditional (pre-tax) Solo 401k and a Roth Solo 401k. TD recently announced it ...
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Do you get any social security credits if you put 100% of your income in a 401(k)?

Scenario: Your spouse is the primary earner You had a 1099 side-job earning $15k You put all $15k in a solo-401(k) plan Would you earn any social security credits in this situation?
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Self-Employed near retirement needing to start a retirement account

My father is 58, with no retirement accounts. He's run a sole-proprietorship for most of his life with 0-1 employees and doesn't have too much in savings. We're exploring the options of a ...
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How do I manage 401K Contribution limits across multiple sources of income?

I have an employer sponsored 401K plan where my employer matches up to a certain limit. I max out at 19.5K and my employer pays about 7.5K which works out to be 27K total. Now I also perform ...
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What are the rules regarding early withdrawal of contributions from a Roth IRA after a rollover from a solo Roth 401(k)?

Plan Open a solo Roth 401(k) (I'm self-employed) and contribute roughly $50,000 during the first year Wait some amount of time, if necessary? Rollover the Roth 401(k) into my existing Roth IRA ...
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Correcting excess 401k contribution to solo 401k -- Do I have to file a 1099 R before I can file my 2020 taxes?

In 2020 I left a corporate job and started my own business. I established a solo-401k and accidentally made an excess contribution to the solo 401k due to a previous contribution in my last job's 401k....
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Shutdown my Solo 401(K) plan and form 5310

I recently shutdown my Solo 401(K) plan at E*Trade. I plan to file form 5500EZ. I have distributed the money to a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. None of the money went into another 401(K) plan. Do I ...
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Do I have to invest my Solo 401k contributions to take advantage of tax deferral

Is simply contributing to my solo 401k account and keeping it in cash balance enough to take advantage of tax deferral, or do the funds need to be invested?
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What are the penalties for mistakes in form 5500EZ

I recently shutdown my solo 401K Plan and solo Roth 401K plan. I have filled out form 5500ez but have not yet sent it in to the IRS. I understand there are very serious penalties for filing late. What ...
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Do I need to report contributions to a Solo Roth 401(K) plan every year?

I am self employed. I recently shutdown my individual 401(K) plan at E*Trade. There was also a Roth 401(K) plan also. I am not sure if it is one plan or two. I have been told by somebody at E*Trade ...
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Filing Form 5500EZ and Plan Characteristics Codes for Line 8

I recently shutdown my individual 401(K) plan at E*Trade. There was also a Roth 401(K) plan also. I plan to file form 5500EZ twice, once for each plan. On line 8, I need to put in one or more ...
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Solo 401K with a Solo Roth 401K and MEGA Backdoor Roth

In 2020, I have worked as both a sole proprietor / individual contractor with no employees and as a W2 part-time employee. I am 41 yrs old (under 50) and will have multiple streams of income in 2020: ...
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EIN Needed When Filing Form 5500-EZ For Solo 401K

I am a sole proprietor and opened a solo 401k with TD Ameritrade at end of 2018 and then funded it before the tax filing deadline in 2019. I understand that Form 5500 (5500-EZ) needs to be filed ...
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maximum solo 401K contribution

My net profit from a freelancer job is $2656. The IRS "self-employment estimated worksheet" calculated that my SE tax is $375.27, and "Deduction worksheet" calculated that after SE tax deduction, my ...
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Reclassifying income from passive to active for actively managed rentals

I own multiple rental properties and a property management LLC. I would like to start paying a 10% management fee (industry standard rate) on all my rentals to my property management LLC. My ...
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Where can I find a Third Party Administrator for a self-directed solo 401K?

Following up from my question here, can anyone recommend a good Third Party Administrator (TPA) that can create/amend a non-prototype plan for a solo 401k for a flat fee? Either that, or a site that ...
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Tax consequence of 100% profit deferral to solo 401k contribution

My yearly maximum contribution to solo 401k is $6000 after $13000 contribution to Simple IRA on W2 position. This year I expect to earn less than $6000 from the side job. Can I contribute all profits ...
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From which bank account should I make employee contributions to my Self-Employed (Solo) 401k?

I have both business and personal checking accounts. For employee contributions to my self-employed 401k, does it matter for legal or tax purposes which account I draw a contribution from?
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Can I be my own administrator for an Individual/Solo 401k?

I'm interested in creating a company and rolling my 401K into a Solo or Individual 401k so that I can have more control over my investments. From what I've seen so far, it looks like you need an "...
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Is it possible to deposit stock into a Solo 401k?

Towards the Solo 401k limit, is it possible to deposit stock held in an investment account, and have that count towards the limit? For example, if my 401k contribution limit is $20,000 annually, can ...
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Can I roll over 401k without leaving job, into personal IRA [duplicate]

I am younger than 40. Can I move my current employer-sponsored 401k funds to a personal IRA, without penality, and without leaving the company?
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Solo 401k eligibility

I would like to know if I am eligible to open a Solo 401k, and if so, what is the max amount I can contribute. I think I meet the requirements listed on various sites: I have started working on a ...
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Paying my wife's LLC from my LLC and solo 401k contributions

My wife works as a consultant to a business I operate (a single-member LLC). Can I pay her business (also a single-member LLC) as a vendor? I would treat her payment as a contractor expense, and she ...
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Am I still covered by my self-employed 401(k)?

A couple years ago I setup a self-employed 401(k) plan (solo 401(k)) to handle retirement contributions made from a side hustle that my spouse and I both participated in as a qualified joint venture. ...
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Exercise ISO or NSO in solo 401k?

I have a solo 401k. My employer does not offer one. What is the correct way to exercise employee stock options with capital from the 401k to make the resulting stock an asset of the 401k? Ideally ...
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2 401k's and a SEP-IRA

I have been a contractor for 9 months of this year where I earned 1099 income. I am an employee with a company that has a 401k. I am over 50 so I can contribute $24,000 to the company 401k, and the ...
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Moving current employer 401(k) balance into self-directed solo 401k?

Let's say my employer offers a 401(k). In general, this means I can only pick from a basket of funds to invest in. I prefer self directing my investments, and my broker offers a no-fee solo 401k. I ...
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Avoiding self-employment tax and maximizing retirement contributions

This is a follow-up to the answer to this question. Suppose you have a single-member LLC that makes $200k and that you would like to contribute the annual maximum of $54k to a SEP IRA. Is it ...
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Can a person running two (non-incorporated, sole-proprietor) businesses write off expenses from one and contribute to a solo 401k for the other?

I think this will be the last year I can get away with not using a tax professional, but I'd love to go one more year before I have to. My wife (filing jointly) is currently freelance consulting. Let'...
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20% pass through deduction + ~20% solo 401k deduction?

From what I hear none of the 401k stuff has been modified in the new tax bill This means SOLO 401ks would still have like 20+% profit contribution maxes, up to the $53k or so upper limit from entity ...
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Can I rollover a traditional IRA into a self-employed 401k if the self-employed business had no income this year?

I have a self-employed 401k, and I want to rollover a traditional IRA into it. My self-employed business has no income this year, and I'm wondering if the rollover is allowed without tax penalties.
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Can you really contribute over the 401k limit if you have a traditional 401k and a side-hustle?

I just had a possibly-brilliant idea, but I am completely not an expert in retirement/tax laws, so I'm wondering if there's anything I'm missing here: I have a regular job I plan on keeping long-...
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What dictates 401K loan interest rates?

I have seen it commonly mentioned that 401K loans are offered commonly at Prime + 1% rates? But is that required by law? What section of the tax code addresses the upper and lowerbounds on interest ...
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How to calculate the maximum contribution to a Solo 401(k) for a small side business?

My wife has been hired as an independent contractor to give language lessons. She has other teaching jobs where she receives W-2s. She contributes to a 403(b) through those jobs, but is below the $...
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Circumstances where pre-tax trading profits can go into a Solo 401k

Can trading profits (capital gains) be contributed to a solo 401k under the employer profit contribution provisions, where up to 25% of business profits can be contributed. (some sources say 20%) ...
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Solo 401k and 25% profit contributions: Is this also a deduction against income?

Are the 25% profit contributions also a deduction against income? Assume the income source is a pass-through entity such as a single member LLC, so all income comes straight to the individual's taxes. ...
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Do I need to start a new 401k?

I have a solo 401k for over 10 years. I had to stop working in the line of business I was doing and start in a different business. My question is do I need to start a new 401k and roll the old one ...
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Can I use my Solo 401(k) to deduct my taxes from my W-2 earned income?

I used to be a contractor (1099) in 2014, but have been a W-2 employee all of 2015 and 2016, I work for a startup that I am not the owner of, they pay me as a w2 employee. In 2015, I maxed out my ...
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I have a 401k loan used for a house down payment and now I am changing jobs: What should I do?

I guess this could be a cautionary tale, but I am hoping it can be remedied. I had a job that I am leaving, but I had took a 401k loan to put down on a house. I don't have the money to pay it back ...
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Can I contribute to a SEP-IRA and a Solo 401(k) for the same business?

This money.SE question and this BogleHeads forum thread both seem to ask about whether or not you can contribute to both a SEP-IRA and a Solo 401(k) at the same time for the same business. I'm not ...
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How can I calculate an employer 25% contribution for a solo 401k in advance?

My situation: I am the sole employee of an S-Corp. In 2016, based on a reliable contract, I can expect a gross of $80K. Typically, I have $2-3K in expenses. I'm under 50. Because of our overall ...
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As a Sole Proprietor, will "employer" Solo 401k contributions count towards gross income?

With a Solo 401k, I can contribute up to 25% of my income as "employer contributions." Do these contributions count toward my adjusted gross income? Example I make $100,000 in 2015. I am 55 years ...
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Can I open a Solo 401(k) if I am an independent contractor but also work part-time as an employee?

I am contributing to the 401(k) at my part time job, but want to know if I can also open a Solo 401(k) to delay taxes on income from my work as an independent contractor.