Owner-only 401(k) plan

You may be a one-person business, but you can save for retirement like a large company. The Edward Jones Owner K plan is designed to maximize allowable contributions.

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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.1
  • Your spouse also may contribute if working for your business.

Owner-only 401(k) contribution features

You can defer up to 100% of compensation or the applicable limit below:

compensation limits



If you’re 49 or younger



If you’re 50 or older




Your business can also make contributions of up to 25% of total compensation (as defined by the plan), which are a deductible business expense. 

Total employee and employer contributions cannot exceed the applicable limit below:

employee and employer contribution llimits



If you’re 49 or younger



If you’re 50 or older




Contributions can be made on a traditional or Roth basis. Traditional contributions are made with pretax dollars, any earnings growth is tax-deferred, and future withdrawals are taxed like income. Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars, and future, qualified withdrawals are tax-free.

Owner-only 401(k) deadlines

You must establish the plan no later than your business's tax filing deadline, including extensions.

How we can help 

An Edward Jones financial advisor can help you choose a retirement plan that fits your small business needs. Contact us to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.

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.