I'm self-employed, how much can I contribute to a retirement plan?

Compensation for a self-employed individual (sole proprietor or partner) is that person's earned income.* The starting point to determine the individual's earned income is the net profit amount from the Schedule C (or Schedule K-1 for a partnership). Use this calculator to determine your maximum contribution amount for the different types of small business retirement plans, such as Individual(k), SIMPLE IRA or SEP-IRA.

*Earned Income = Net Profit – 1/2 of Self-Employment Tax – Contribution

Plan Information
Type of business 
Contribution tax year 
Current age 
Net profit from Form 1040-Schedule C ($)
(or W-2 income if corporation)
Any rate of return entered into the calculator to project future values should be a reasonable average return for the period. Rates of return will vary over time, and generally the higher the rate of return the higher the degree of risk.

The information provided here is to assist you in planning for your future. The accuracy of this calculator and its applicability to your circumstances is not guaranteed. Any analysis is a result of the information you have provided. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only not indicative of a particular product, and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, please note that individual situations can vary. Therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual advice from qualified professionals.

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