Rocket Dollar Knowledge Base

Do I qualify for the Self-Directed Solo 401(k)? Is this the right product for me?

The Self-Directed Solo 401(k) is for self-employed individuals who have no full-time employees other than their spouse.

What do I need to make sure I qualify for the Solo 401(k)?

1. Income from the below qualifies...

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • LLC
  • C Corporation
  • S Corporation (must contribute from income, not distributions)
  • Limited Partnership

2. Who is you business owned by?

You and your spouse are the only people who can own the business. There can be no other outside ownership, or you will not qualify for the Solo 401(k).

3. Do you have any employees?

To qualify for a Self-Directed Solo 401(k), you cannot have any full time common law employees other than your spouse. You can have part-time employees, but if you hire full-time employees in the future, you will have to stop contributing or come up with another retirement plan solution (maybe a SEP-IRA)

I qualify! is the Self-Directed Solo 401(k) right for me?

Hold up there. Check if the Solo 401(k) is something you want to do. The Solo 401(k) can be a more complicated product to administer for our customers compared to a Self-Directed IRA, which is simple and straightforward.

  • Are you trying to save over $6,000 per year in tax-advantaged retirement dollars?
  • Are you trying to take out loans from your retirement account?
  • Are you trying to save both Traditional and Roth Dollars, or do after tax conversions? (Mega-Roth)
  • Are you going to be doing matching or profit sharing contributions? Can you handle these contributions yourself or with a trusted CPA?
  • Is your self-employment income going to continue consistently year to year?

If you answered no to all or most of these questions, it might be best to stick with the IRA. You can read more about the Self-Directed IRA vs the Self-Directed Solo 401(k) comparison here.

Here is an example of box 1 in the K1 where your ordinary income would qualify for the Self-Directed Solo 401(k).


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