Fidelity’s Savings Investment Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE IRA) makes it easier for self-employed individuals and small businesses with 100 or fewer employees to offer tax-advantaged retirement plans.

Plan features

Tax advantages


  • Employer contributions are deductible as business expenses.


  • Tax-deferred growth potential
  • Pretax contributions for participants


  • Must have 100 or fewer employees who earned at least $5,000 in the preceding year
  • Cannot maintain any other employer-sponsored retirement plan


  • Must have earned at least $5,000 from the employer in any two preceding years
  • Must be expected to earn at least $5,000 in the current year1

Funded by employer contributions and elective employee salary deferrals

Plan Sponsors:

  • Mandatory 3% matching contribution or 2% non-elective contribution


  • Up to 100% of compensation, with a maximum of $12,500 for 2016 and 2017 ($15,500 if age 50 or older)
Establishment deadline

For current tax year: Set up and notify employees by October 1.2

Administrative responsibilities

Certain annual employee notifications must be made.

No plan tax filings with the IRS are required.


Minimum required distributions starting at age 70½

10% early withdrawal penalty (25% for first two years of plan participation) if under age 59½, subject to certain exceptions

Investment options

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

Only certain fund families have mutual funds that are eligible investments for SIMPLE IRAs with no minimum initial investment requirement.

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


$350 per plan3 collected annually from the employer; or $25 per participant3 collected annually from participants' accounts

Next steps

Call 800-544-5373 and select option 3 to speak with a small-business retirement specialist.

Get started on your own. Get a jump on the paperwork for your new plan.
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 85 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not a scale-able solution for small business After completing reams of repetitive paperwork, you can set up an online payment system. You can not determine which payments you made previously. You are not able to reconcile payments if you have a problem with your accounting system. The system doesn't not talk to QuickBooks, the most commonly used small business accounting system. It takes ages to find the right payment amounts in the paychecks and enter them into Fidelity. More employees make this process even slower. There's a lot of potential for errors. February 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Fees are too high Fidelity is pretty average in most ways except one: They charge account fees that I have never seen in my other retirement accounts. There are better options out there. March 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great fund Fidelity Customer Service very responsive. Always helpful and willing to talk through questions. Nice to have personal contact, not just internet feedback. March 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by A few execptions Not being able to specify the funding account with each payment is kind of annoying. As a small business owner the ability to use a different account as needed would be appreciated. No option to receive online statements and plan reports. I am swimming in paper and get a minimum of 6 pages per month. (Although I think this is a government requirement and not Fidelity's) No option for the company to pay the $25 per person annual fee. The excellent customer service makes up for a few of the shortcomings I can find with the Simple Plan. Although I do not really have anything to compare it to (The only plan our company has ever participated in), I think overall it is a good plan for a small company. February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reliable and Intuitave Access via the web interface was simple and easy, also easy to sync the balances and transactions with Quicken (R). February 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Retirement Plan for Very Small Business The Fidelity SIMPLE IRA meets my retirement needs perfectly. I am a very small business and very much like the very low administrative costs and lack of hassel in using this plan. I am not able to contribute a lot toward retirement, so the low contribution limits are not now a problem for me. I also very much like the online ability to make contributions and monitor my investments. I am very satisfied with the plan and will continue to use it. February 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fine but would like faster execution Admittedly I'm buying small lots but would love faster execution of trades...that may not be an issue specific to Fidelity but more about the markets, but still would be a welcome change for the small investor. February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simple review I like the wide choice of investments and ease of online access. I also have a Roth IRA, rollover IRA and brokerage account with Fidelity. They all display together when I log onto Fidelity's web site, but the monthly account statement for the Simple IRA is separate from that of my other accounts. It would be more convenient and save paper/postage if all of my accounts were on the same statement.. February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FIDELITY SALARY REDUCTION FORM Everything works without flaw except the salary reduction agreement form is not sent with the annual letter to have it filled out and signed by each employee. I have had to copy an old one each year and the maximum salary reductions are not current. It would also be nice when sending in the monthly contributions if the date picked was a holiday there was some notice that it is not a good day instead of just an error message. February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy for Small Businesses Used to have a 401K but got tired of all the fees and additional IRS filings. Then went to another brokerage firm for a Simple IRA but got tired of paying approximately 6% load for all investments, in addition to annual account fees. Finally switched to Fidelity with low account fees and no loads. Only deficiency is they have no means for employers reimbursing annual fees in employee accounts without the reimbursement being reported as a contribution. February 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Conveneince I don't have to depend on my employer to get to the details and change my asset allocation. February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to change/add new funds I like being able to make changes in funds, amounts, and do my own research. This is my investment and I like to tweak the fund myself. The funds are easy to change allocation and add/move money/shares around either on-line or on the phone. February 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Easy Access Convvenient and easy access. It is easy to make adjustments to my portfolio February 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sound product The account structure is great and easy to administer. The customer service and company understanding of our wishes is lacking. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to Use Never a problem accessing or entering information. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SIMPLE IRA feedback Sirs, I think your SIMPLE IRA program must be one of the best. I've had no issues and your team made it so easy to get started. If I had one suggestion to offer you can provide a table of contribution limits each year. Each end of year I need to go on-line and sort through your pages to find whet the limit is each calendar year. May I suggest that a better way forward would be for Fidelity to e-mail or snail mail this information to active users. That would make things super convenient. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Owner/VP It works well for myself and my husband. We are a small business and do not have a lot of time to be monitering everything February 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Allow to hide or delete former employees Please allow administrator/employer to hide or delete from view former employees. I am always afraid I am going to accidently deposit money into the wrong account (a former employee). Thanks February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Business Manager Should be able to change future contribution on internet. We should not need to call and stay on phone to change contributions. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Management I would like to know more about managing the account on my own. February 18, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Way too expensive!! A charge of $75 for a mutual fund trade is ridiculous! I had over $1M in retirement savings that I moved out of Fidelity when you implemented the $75 trade fee. When I am eligible to rollover the Simple IRA and get it out of Fidelity, I will do it. Your competitors charge a small fraction of what you charge! A charge of $75 for a mutual fund trade is ridiculous! February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of offerings, easy to use We have recommended Fidelity's Simple plan to clients. The fees are reasonable, and the investment choices excellent. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by owner Don't change anything if it ain't broke don't fix it!!! February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better than a 401K The Fidelity Simple IRA allows for investing in all equity types, not just a selection of a dozen mutual funds as most 401Ks offer. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Administrator I love using the Fidelity Simple IRA. Its very easy to go online and enter the necessary data. The only thing I would change is that when an employee leaves, I would like to be able to at least hide their name off of the monthly data entry. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great!!! Great product! Love the flexibility it allows me to have. Also pretty "dummy proof". Really tough to make B A D miatakes here! I feel like I am well looked after here. February 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply SIMPLE Offerring this simple account for my employees and myself has been easy to set up and in conjunction with my accounting company, funding is completed electronically with every pay period. February 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Website could be more interactive It is nice to be able to view account online. However, the functionality is less useful than other online brokerage accounts I have. Specifically, I'd like to be able to reset my investment allocations easily online, and have not yet found an easy way to do so. i.e. I'd like to change the % allocation for each fund, but cannot do so. February 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to Use website makes research and trading extremely easy to use February 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Saving for Retirement Fidelity offers great mutual fund choices for my Simple IRA plan. Ease of contribution and clear statements about how my funds are doing. February 16, 2013
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