A SEP is specially designed for self-employed people and owners of small businesses. You may hold an account if you are:
- Self-employed business owner
- Employee of a self-employed business owner
Only the self-employed individual or self-employed business owner makes contributions to a SEP IRA account. The employees do not make contributions.
If you are in a partnership, for retirement plan purposes, each partner or member of an LLC taxed as a partnership is an employee of the partnership. This is because only an employer can maintain and contribute to a SEP plan for its employees.