New Tax Credits for Small Businesses That Put Retirement Plans in Place

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In the past, a small business could get a tax credit up to $500 per year to help offset the costs of establishing retirement plans.

Now, that amount is up to $5,000 per year.

And yep, that’s a tax credit that goes directly against the taxes you pay.

There is more, though, to the SECURE Act.  SECURE stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019. Here are the highlights:

The SECURE Act will make it easier for small business owners to set up “safe harbor” retirement plans that are less expensive and easier to administer.
Many part-time workers will be eligible to participate in an employer retirement plan.
The Act pushes back the age at which retirement plan participants need to take required minimum distributions (RMDs), from 70½ to 72, and allows traditional IRA owners to keep making contributions indefinitely.
The Act mandates that most non-spouses inheriting IRAs take distributions that end up emptying the account in 10 years.
The Act allows 401(k) plans to offer annuities.

Some of the provisions, like the rapid requirement of inherited IRAs, are a little tougher on taxpayers. Other things, such as increasing the age at which you’re required to start taking out minimum distributions to 72, seem to just make sense with the changing character of retirement and work in the US.

It also seems like Congress is encouraging businesses to put retirement plans in place for their employees. Small businesses can get a maximum tax credit up to $5,000 for costs to set up retirement plans. Firms also get an additional tax credit for adopting automatic-enrollment 401 (k) plans or IRAs. That tax credit is up to $500 per year for 3 years and is in addition to the credit described above.

For your own retirement plan, it’s not enough to just put money into the plan. You also need to look at what you’re doing with the money that is there. Are you investing it for your future? Do you want to self-direct it?

You can buy real estate, crypto currency, notes, stocks, bonds… a whole range of things with your pension plan. But, you need to set them up right and run them right.

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