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

Personal Information
Client Name  
Advisor Name  
Plan Information
Type of business 
Contribution tax year 
Current age 
Net profit from Form 1040-Schedule C ($)
(or W-2 income if corporation)

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