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Defined Benefit Plans in Detail

A Retirement Plan That Delivers Huge Tax Savings

A Defined Benefit (DB) plan is an IRS-approved qualified retirement plan that allows small business owners and self-employed professionals to make large annual tax-deductible contributions that can save them tens of thousands of dollars in taxes each year.   

Defined Benefit plans have been around for decades.  In years past, large corporations used to contribute each year to an employee's Defined Benefit plan that would then pay a set (defined) benefit to that employee during each year of his/her retirement.

Today, self-employed professionals can use Defined Benefit plans to fund their own retirement.  The professional is essentially both the company (that funds the plan with tax-deductible contributions) and the ultimate owner and beneficiary of the plan assets in retirement.

Defined Benefit plans permit owners to contribute much larger amounts than other retirement plans.  These tax-deductible contributions allow owners to dramatically lower their tax bills, while helping to super-charge their retirement savings.  Over the life of a Defined Benefit plan, an owner can potentially defer hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes while rapidly and tax-efficiently building a multi-million dollar nest egg.

The chart illustrates how a 50-year-old self-employed consultant earning $350,000 per year could potentially cut his taxes almost $50,000 per year with a Defined Benefit plan or over $75,000 per year by combining a Defined Benefit plan with a 401(k).  In both cases, he is also saving almost $200,000 or more for retirement.

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Defined Benefit Plans Deliver Tremendous Advantages to Qualified Professionals

Highest Potential Contributions 

Defined Benefit plans allow the largest tax-deductible contributions among qualified retirement plans.  Contributions vary based on a variety of factors, including owner's age and income, but they can be as high as $100,000 per year or more.  Professionals in the right situation can combine a DB plan with a 401(k), making even larger, tax-deductible contributions, and further boosting retirement savings. 

A 50-year old self-employed consultant making $350,000 per year could invest three to almost four times as much in a DB plan or a DB Plan with a 401(k) than he could with his 401(k) alone.  

Tremendous Tax Savings

The high contribution levels of DB plans allow plan owners access to larger tax deductions than possible with SEP-IRAs or 401(k)s.  These deductions can add up to big tax savings - $40,000 or more every year.

In this example a 50-year old self-employed consultant with an annual income of $350,000 can potentially cut his tax bill by $60,000 or over $70,000 in a single year by forming a Defined Benefit plan.

Rapid Wealth Creation

The assets you contribute to a DB plan grow tax-deferred. This growth, combined with the higher contribution limits for DB plans, allow you to build a large retirement fund more quickly than you could with other retirement plans. 

If the same self-employed consultant puts $190,000 in a Defined Benefit plan every year for ten years, his retirement savings could potentially grow to over $2.5M in 10 years.

Flexible Investments

We work with you to develop an investment strategy suitable for your circumstances.

Easy Rollover

Tax-free rollover to an IRA at retirement (or at plan termination).

Simple Set-up

We walk you through the process from start to finish.

Is a DB Plan Right For You?

Defined Benefit plans deliver huge savings for professionals in the right situation.  Find out if this powerful tool can work for you.

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How Much Are Others Saving?

Read our Case Studies showing how DB plans can enable self-employed professionals to save tens of thousands of dollars in tax each year.

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How Much Can You Save?

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