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Owner-only 401(k) Plan

You may be a one-person business, but that doesn't mean you can't save for retirement like others at large companies. The Edward Jones Owner K® is an owner-only 401(k) plan, designed for business owners – with no employees other than their spouses – who want to increase or maximize pretax retirement contributions with flexibility. Any business with no employees other than owners and their spouses can set up this plan (including self-employed individuals, corporations and partnerships). 

Consider the following:

  • The contribution limits are larger than those of a SEP IRA. 
  • You can borrow from your Edward Jones Owner K® account.*
  • Your spouse also may contribute if working for your business.

Contribution features

  • For 2021, you can generally contribute elective deferrals up to 100% of compensation or a maximum of $19,500. If you're 50 or older, you can contribute $26,000 or receive employer non-elective contributions up to 25% of total compensation as defined by the plan. Total contributions to a participant's account (not including catch-up contributions) cannot exceed $58,000. 
  • Instead of a pretax contribution, you may contribute all or part of your salary deferral amount as an after-tax Roth contribution (up to $19,500). Contributions (except Roth contributions) are tax-deductible, and earnings can grow tax-deferred.


You must establish the plan by the last day of your business tax year, but no later than December 31 of the year for which contributions will be made.

How we can help

Your financial advisor can provide information about the types of retirement plans available.

Important Information:

1Plans looking to add loan provisions must use a custom plan document from a third-party administrator. The Edward Jones plan document does not allow for loan provisions. All loans must comply with all applicable tax laws. Participants should consult with their tax advisor regarding their situation. Loans taken from a plan may be treated as a taxable distribution and may result in early distribution penalties. Please refer to your individual plan document for more information on optional plan loans.

This information is for educational purposes only. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice.

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