The CalSavers Program and
Qualifying Retirement Plans

If you've read our blog post on the CalSavers program, you may be wondering about the retirement plan you currently offer to your employees. In this article, we will outline the kinds of retirement plans that exempt you from enrolling in the CalSavers program.

A Little Recap

California state law requires employers to either offer their own retirement plan or register to facilitate CalSavers. If you have at least five California-based employees, at least one of whom is age eighteen, and don't sponsor a qualified retirement plan, your business is required to register for CalSavers.

Below, we will outline these qualified retirement plans.

Qualified Retirement Plans

  • 401(a) – Qualified Plan (including profit-sharing plans and defined benefit plans)
  • 401(k) plans (including multiple employer plans or pooled employer plans)
  • 403(a) - Qualified Annuity Plan or 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • 408(k) - Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plans
  • 408(p) - Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers (SIMPLE) IRA Plan
  • Payroll deduction IRAs with automatic enrollment

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