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401(k) and Retirement Planning Services

Empower your employees and business when using retirement services to secure a more stable future with:

  • The nation’s top 401(k) provider¹ for industry-leading expertise
  • Flexible 401(k) plan and investment options to stay competitive
  • Fee transparency – clear pricing, no hidden fees

Benefits Administration Made Easy With Paychex

Design Your Plan

We’ll help you understand the different advantages of each plan so you can find one that best fits you and your employees’ retirement plan needs.

Combine Your 401(k) With Payroll

When searching for 401(k) providers, choose one that combines retirement, payroll, and other benefits administration into one platform to simplify management, reduce errors, and save you time and money.

Investment Choice & Transparency

Choose from thousands of 401(k) investment options. Also, our fee transparency means you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Affordable 401(k) Plans for Any Sized Business

Small business owners often think they can’t afford to offer a 401(k) plan. We can help you find a plan that allows your employees to achieve their retirement goals while putting tax savings in your pocket.


Find the Best Retirement Plan Option for You

Pooled Employer Plan

A New Way To Save

The Paychex Pooled Employer 401(k) Plan (PEP) takes the administrative burden off the employer's plate. By pooling assets into one large plan, employers can save on administrative costs and time, see tax credit opportunities under the SECURE Act, and can offer a high-quality retirement plan to employees.

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Traditional 401(k)

Appealing to Both Employee & Employer

A 401(k) account is a sought-after employee benefit that allows participants to contribute a portion of their wages on a pre-tax or after-tax ROTH basis. Employees can plan for their future, and the employer can stay competitive for top talent. Consider the addition of a safe harbor 401(k) to avoid possible complications associated with managing traditional retirement plans.

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Solo 401(k)

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

Retirement accounts are still available to you if you’re a one-person business. This type of plan, sometimes referred to as an Owner-only 401(k) plan, maximizes contributions because self-employed individuals can act as employer and employee, adding to their retirement savings in both capacities.

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Built for Smaller Businesses

A SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) is designed for small employers, allowing employees to save for retirement with tax-deferred dollars. When evaluating this against a 401(k) retirement plan, understand that each plan may be a better fit for particular companies based on the size and needs of employees.

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Multiple Employer

Cost-Efficient and Simple Administration

A Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) is a single retirement plan available to employers with a commonality. This type of plan is typically sponsored by a professional employer organization (PEO). By pooling resources, employers can save time and money.

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SECURE Act 2.0 Can Help You Save

With the passing of SECURE Act 2.0, the time is now to offer a retirement plan. We can help you navigate the latest changes and increased tax incentives to better your business and retain happy employees.

Small Business Retirement Plan Startup Tax Credits

Legislation has been passed to motivate small employers to offer retirement plans and boost employees’ path to financial security. If eligible, your business may have 100% of plan startup costs covered through small business tax credits, which means your plan could be virtually free for the first three years.

Secure Act FAQs

With the most significant retirement savings reform legislation of the last 15 years being passed, it’s natural to have lingering questions. With retirement plans now in reach for both the employer and employee, we’ve highlighted the biggest takeaways to be aware of.

Take Advantage of Savings

Offering the Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) under the SECURE Act reduces risk and simplifies administration. It also provided extra time for employers to start 401(k) profit-sharing plans.

Retirement Savings Requirements for Your State

Every state is different when it comes to retirement savings mandates. Get help staying up to date with your state-sponsored retirement program’s requirements, deadlines, enrollment details, and eligibility criteria.

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Simplify Retirement Plan Management With Paychex Flex®

Paychex Flex is our all-in-one solution for all things HR, making retirement plan management easier.

  • Give Participants Access to Their Account

    Give Participants Access to Their Account

    Easily manage accounts, check retirement contribution amounts, maximize 401(k) contributions, review investment performance, and more from the account dashboard.

  • Make It Easy To Enroll in Your Plan

    Make It Easy To Enroll in Your Plan

    The quick enrollment feature allows employees to sign up for a retirement plan in four clicks. When you integrate payroll, you can easily see who is eligible for your chosen retirement plan.

  • Simplify Plan Management

    Simplify Plan Management

    Simplify processes like 401(k) investment selection, changing plan contributions, and checking the status of a loan. For even more convenience, our Pooled Employer 401(k) Plan offers simplified administration and enrollment, reduced fiduciary liability, and savings potential.

  • Enabling Better Compliance

    Enabling Better Compliance

    As part of our retirement services, our Paychex Flex platform can improve reporting accuracy, collect important data, and enable better compliance.

What Makes Paychex the Most Experienced Retirement Plan Provider

With thousands of investment options, fee transparency, and seamless payroll integration to eliminate manual data entry, we can help your employees save for retirement while saving you time with simplified administration. As the nation’s top 401(k) plan provider¹, we supply retirement plan administration services you can trust.

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Paychex Flex® Retirement Overview

A Retirement Benefit Offers a Perfect Fix for Employee Retention

Plumbing M.D., a family-owned business headquartered in Dixon, Calif., is required by a state mandate to offer a retirement plan for employees. They wanted to be compliant and find the best plan for their employees.

The owners were surprised by the employee response, as 100% participated. Plumbing M.D. credited the thoroughness of the presentation by Paychex and have recognized that having a retirement plan is great retention tool.

Plumbing MD

“We’ve had 100% participation (in our retirement plan) .… Having the PEO has helped us provide … an experience they probably won’t get at other similar type of employers (and) that has been helpful with retention.”

Jessie Farias Tavera
Plumbing M.D.

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Retirement Services FAQs

  • What Are Retirement Services?

    What Are Retirement Services?

    Retirement services cover the full range of services needed over a plan’s life, particularly for a business or organization managing multiple plans. These can include plan design, investment, conversion, setup, enrollment, administration, and compliance testing.

  • What Is a 401(k) Retirement Plan?

    What Is a 401(k) Retirement Plan?

    A 401(k) retirement plan is a type of retirement account that allows employees to contribute a defined amount of pretax or Roth (after tax) dollars each pay period. Employers also have the opportunity to match part or all of the employee's tax-deferred retirement contributions, or provide a profit sharing contribution, although those contributions are not required. A 401(k) plan is a great option for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large corporations to offer, particularly since pension plans are not as common as they once were and the future of Social Security benefits is unpredictable. Learn more about different types of retirement plans, 401(k) options, and 401(k) benefits.

  • What Are the Most Common Retirement Plans?

    What Are the Most Common Retirement Plans?

    Employers most commonly use 401(k) plans because of their flexible plan designs and the ability to save much more than other retirement plans such as IRAs.

  • What Are the Different Types of 401(k) Plans?

    What Are the Different Types of 401(k) Plans?

    There are many types of 401(k) retirement plans, with different rules that govern each:

    • Traditional 401(k): An employer-sponsored retirement plan that allows employees to make pre-tax contributions via payroll deduction. Investment earnings and 401(k) contributions are tax-deferred until they are withdrawn. Businesses can choose to make matching or profit sharing employer contributions to the plan, although employer contributions are not required as part of a traditional 401(k) plan.
    • Safe Harbor 401(k): This plan exempts an employer from most annual nondiscrimination testing that is required with traditional 401(k) plans if the employer provides specific contributions to employees' accounts.
    • SIMPLE 401(k): Built specifically for small businesses with 100 employees or fewer, SIMPLE 401(k) plans are not subject to annual nondiscrimination testing that applies to traditional 401(k) plans. With this type of small business 401(k) retirement plan, the employer is required to make employer contributions that are fully vested.
    • Pooled Employer Plan: A professionally administered retirement plan that allows employers of any size to pool assets into a 401(k) plan. Since resources are pooled, there's reduced fiduciary liability, simplified plan administration for employers, and potential cost savings for participating employers.
    • 403(b): A tax-sheltered annuity or TSA plan offered by public education systems and certain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.

    There are pros and cons to each, but businesses tend to use 401(k) plans because they are flexible and enable employees to save more. A retirement specialist can review the different plan descriptions and help you decide which one is best for your business.

  • Who Uses Paychex for 401(k)?

    Who Uses Paychex for 401(k)?

    Businesses of all sizes and organizations across industries trust Paychex to help them deliver 401(k) plans to their employees. We can help you find the right retirement plan services that not only fit your unique business, but also help you build and maintain a high-quality workforce. Hear from a few of our customers.

  • What Are Typical 401(k) Management Fees?

    What Are Typical 401(k) Management Fees?

    Some typical 401(k) management fees are:

    • Plan administration fees: Day-to-day operational expenses for plan recordkeeping, accounting, legal, trustee services, etc.
    • Investment fees: Expenses for 401(k) investment management and other investment-related retirement plan services.
    • Individual service fees: Expenses charged separately to the accounts of participants who choose to take advantage of a particular plan feature, such as taking out a plan loan.
  • How Much Should I Put In My 401(k)?

    How Much Should I Put In My 401(k)?

    Deciding how much money to contribute to your 401(k) depends on various factors such as financial goals, income, expenses, employer matching, and tax considerations.  Remember: this is a vehicle for long-term savings, so withdrawing or transferring money in and out isn’t a simple process. Learn more here about contribution limits and other 401(k) information.

  • How Do I Check My 401(k) Balance with Paychex?

    How Do I Check My 401(k) Balance with Paychex?

    The Paychex Flex platform is your destination for learning how to check your 401(k) balance. Your dashboard, accessible by mobile app or online portal, allows you to easily manage your account, check contribution amounts, maximize contributions, and more. Here is how to enroll today.

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