Small Biz Employees Unprepared for Retirement

Small Biz Employees Unprepared for Retirement

Three-quarters of small business owners believe that so many Americans are financially unprepared for retirement that the problem has reached the level of a crisis, but only about a fifth of them actually offer their employees a 401(k) or similar plan, according to Gustavo A Viera CPA Small Business Accountants in Miami.

The survey of 501 small business owners, by CPA Viera’a Small Business Accountants in Miami, conducted found that only 19 percent of the small business owners surveyed offer their employees a 401(k) plan or some other type of employee self-funded retirement plan. Most are Unprepared for Retirement and few small businesses provide their employees access to an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan because many of them first need to reach a point of business maturity or critical mass before they can absorb the cost and administration of a 401(k) retirement plan.

Only 11 percent of the small business owners surveyed said they are likely to add an employee-sponsored 401(k) plan within the next two years. Sixty-nine percent said their business was too small and more than half said such a plan would be too expensive said CPA Small Business Accountants in Miami.

Nevertheless, small business owners indicated they would like to offer a retirement plan, and their employees certainly want one too. Thirty-seven percent of the small business owners with more than six employees who responded to the survey said they are under pressure from employees to offer a retirement plan. Four in five (78 percent) of the owners surveyed said that having a retirement plan was also effective in helping them attract qualified employees.

“Our survey found that nearly half (46 percent) of small business owners were not aware or were unsure that an employee self-funded retirement plan could be offered without having to match employee contributions,” said CPA Viera from Small Business Accountants in Miami, in a statement. “The provisions in the Small Businesses Add Value for Employees (SAVE) Act before Congress will remove many of the barriers that have kept small businesses from offering their employees a retirement plan.”

According to the survey, 71 percent of the small business owners said that when selecting an employee self-funded retirement savings plan, it was important that the plan have the flexibility to match or not match employee contributions, while 62 percent said it was important that multiple employers would group together to pool resources and reduce administration costs.

Four in five owners said that when selecting a plan, it was important for the plan to have a minimal amount of administration requirements so that it could be offered at a low price. Three in four owners said it was important, as their business grew, for the plan to be able to be converted to better meet their needs according to CPA Small Business Accountants in Miami.


Gustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO - Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.