Self-employed 401(k) Plans

Self-employed individuals and owner-only businesses and partnerships can save more for retirement through a 401(k) plan designed especially for them.

Reasons to consider Self-employed 401(k) plans

  • Access to Fidelity retirement professionals to help with your plan
  • Wide range of investments
  • Contributions by phone or by mail
  • No account fee or minimum to open an account1

Call us at 800-544-5373

Or start the paperwork on your own first.

Tax benefits

Tax-deferred growth

Tax-deductible contributions

Pre-tax employee deferral contributions

Learn more about the tax advantages of self-employed 401(k)s
Investment options

A wide range of mutual funds, stocks, bonds, ETFs, and FDIC-insured CDs

Support and guidance

One-on-one guidance—in person, online, or over the phone

Research and tools to help you create a long-term plan and choose investments


Self-employed individuals and owner-only businesses and partnerships are eligible.

Owners’ spouses may also participate.

IRS maximum contribution

Salary deferrals up to $19,000 for 2019 and $19,500 for 2020

Catch-up contribution

Additional salary deferral of $6,000 for 2019 and $6,500 for 2020 (if age 50 or older)2

Profit sharing contribution

Up to 25% of compensation,3 up to the annual maximum of $56,000 for 2019 and $57,000 for 2020

Establishment deadline

The deadline to open a new plan is December 31 (or fiscal year-end).

Administrative responsibilities

Annual IRS Form 5500 filing after plan assets exceed $250,000


Required minimum distributions starting at age 724

10% early withdrawal penalty if under age 59½ and no exceptions apply

Account fees

There is no opening cost, closing cost or annual fee for Fidelity's Traditional, Roth, SEP, SIMPLE, and rollover IRAs.1

Trading fees

$0 commission for online US stock, ETF, and options trades*^

Next steps

Open a Self-Employed 401(k)
Call 800-544-5373 to speak with a small-business retirement specialist to see if this plan is right for you.

Get started on your own Get a jump on the paperwork for your new plan.