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Prepare for retirement with a flexible, easy-to-manage plan

A Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) IRA is a flexible retirement plan offering tax benefits to business owners and their employees as well as self-employed people.Footnotes 1, 2

SEP IRA Features

Contribute significantly more than you could with a traditional IRAFootnote 1
Make flexible contributions that are generally tax deductible by the businessFootnote 2
Take advantage of an easy-to-manage plan that requires less paperwork
Options beyond State Mandated Programs to grow with your business
Don't Miss Out: Up to $1000 credit per employee for eligible employer contributions and qualified plan start-up tax credits.Footnote 2
setup fee (for accounts opened online)
annual administrative fees (for accounts opened online)
unlimited online stock and ETF trades Footnote *Other fees may apply

Bring value to your business without the extra fees

If you open your plan online, there are no setup fees or annual administrative fees, plus you always get unlimited $0 online stock and ETF trades *Other fees may apply — if you're investing with your Merrill Edge Self-Directed account.

Which retirement account is right for your business?

Compare the features of retirement accounts available at Merrill, find out which one works best for you, your business and any employees you may have.

What's a key difference between a SEP IRA and a SIMPLE IRA?

With a SEP IRA, only business owners make contributions, both for themselves and for their employees. A SIMPLE IRA allows both the business owner and the employees to make contributions.

Get started with a SEP IRA in 3 easy steps


Decide how you want to invest

Manage your own investments or have Merrill investment professionals manage your portfolio for you, with the option to work with an advisor.

Open your account

It's easy to set up your account (any employees you have will set up their own accounts), and there are no program or administrative fees for accounts opened online.

Add funds

Quickly and easily fund accounts for you and your employees with Merrill E-Contribs for Small Business Retirement Accounts™, a free platform.

Explore all plans available for small business

Get more details about small business retirement plans available at Merrill and find the one that works best for your needs.
Interested in getting more details on self-employed retirement plans?

Ready to get started?

Open an account with Merrill
If you have questions, contact a specialist at 855.667.9451

Frequently Asked Questions

You have choices about what to do with your employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth IRA, roll over an employer-sponsored plan from your old job to your new employer, take a distribution, or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment (particularly with reference to employer stock), and different types of protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. For more information visit our rollover page or call Merrill at 888.637.3343.
Other fees may apply. Free and $0 means there is no commission charged for these trades. $0 option trades are subject to a $0.65 per-contract fee. Sales are subject to a transaction fee of between $0.01 and $0.03 per $1,000 of principal. There are costs associated with owning ETFs. To learn more about Merrill pricing, visit our Pricing page.
Footnote 1 As the business owner, your contributions to your SEP IRA account and deductions for such contributions may vary based on your net earnings and self-employment tax deduction. Please consult your tax advisor.

Footnote 2 For more information, visit the IRS website popup.

Footnote 3 Withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax. In addition, a 10% additional early withdrawal penalty may apply to withdrawals taken prior to age 59½.

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