How Do You Start a Self-Employed 401(k) Plan With Fidelity?


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A Fidelity self-employed 401(k) plan can be set up by phone or through its website. It requires three steps for opening a plan, establishing accounts and contributing to the account, according to Fidelity.

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To get started setting up a self-employed 401(k) through Fidelity, appoint a plan administrator, or someone who looks after the administrative responsibilities and makes sure the 401(k) is operating according to the plan document, states Fidelity. The plan administrator could be the one setting up the account or her accountant. To open an account, Fidelity has retirement plan and basic plan documents that can be downloaded through the website. Once these have been read, the person setting up the account downloads and fills out the Adoption Agreement, which is then sent to Fidelity.

After sending the Adoption Agreement, a self-employed 401(k) account application is filled out for each participating owner in the business, including the owner's spouse. The complete and signed application is then mailed to Fidelity. Each applicant can download the customer agreement, the brokerage commission and fee schedules, privacy policy and cash reserves prospectus documents to read. Then the applicant picks a plan. Look for a plan that has a wide variety of investment options, such as mutual funds, stocks, bonds and ETFs.

After everything is set up, contributions to the 401(k) can be mailed to Fidelity or salary deferral elections can be set up, explains Fidelity.

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