This is a blog about self-employment and entrepreneurship, and access to affordable comprehensive health insurance has always been one of the biggest obstacles to entrepreneurship. That makes the newly-released draft of the Senate's healthcare reform bill squarely in this blog's wheelhouse, just as the House's version was back in March. First, we need to briefly review the … [Read more...] about Yes, we have to talk about the Senate healthcare bill
I've been doing a deep dive lately into one-participant 401(k) plans, which has caused me to observe that people are often extremely unclear about what they are talking about when they talk about one-participant 401(k) contribution limits. The reason is that multiple types of legal entities can sponsor one-participant 401(k) plans, including unincorporated sole proprietors … [Read more...] about S corporations: logic and illogic
[edit 6/13/17: I've been convinced that employee "elective" and employer "non-elective" solo 401(k) contributions can be made with the same money, so have slightly updated the values below to reflect that employer contributions don't have to be made with what's "left" after deducting up to $18,000 in elective employee contributions. I'll have a post soon exploring this issue in … [Read more...] about The sole proprietor’s marginal federal tax rates
One of the great advantages of being self-employed is the ability to open and manage your own small business retirement account. Employed people have to either take or leave their employer's 401(k) or 403(b) plan offerings, regardless of the quality or cost of the funds it offers, while the self-employed get to choose their own plan provider and pick exactly the … [Read more...] about Solo 401(k) accounts from Vanguard, with beneficial illustrations and calculations
Since we now have a preliminary Congressional Budget Office report on the effects of the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act, this seems like as good an occasion as any to address the importance of medical insurance to the construction of an economy of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Since World War II, … [Read more...] about We must decide: shall people be financially ruined by medical costs?