DEFINITION of 'SBO-401(k)'

A tax-deferred, government-registered retirement savings plan that is specially designed for small business owners (SBOs). Eligible participants for an SBO-401(k) are businesses that employ the business's owners and their spouses. The business must not have any other eligible employees.


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An SBO-401(k) provides self-employed small business owners the opportunity to participate in a tax-deferred retirement savings plan. These types of savings plans may be either self-directed or professionally managed.

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  1. I own a small business. Can the SBO-401(k) work for me?

    The SBO-401(k) can only be adopted by businesses in which only the business's owners are eligible participants in the plan. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better ...

    It depends. The SBO-401(k) plan is suitable if the plan covers only the business owners - in this case, the partners in the ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Can a 401(k) be taken in bankruptcy?

    The two most common types of bankruptcy available to consumers are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Whether you file a Chapter 7 ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. When can catch-up contributions start?

    Most qualified retirement plans such as 401(k), 403(b) and SIMPLE 401(k) plans, as well as individual retirement accounts ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Who can make catch-up contributions?

    Most common retirement plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans, as well as individual retirement accounts (IRAs) allow you ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can you have both a 401(k) and an IRA?

    Investors can have both a 401(k) and an individual retirement account (IRA) at the same time, and it is quite common to have ... Read Full Answer >>

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