The NY Times Bucks column reports that setting up a 401(k) plan is considerably easier and cheaper than it was just a decade ago.

Setup and administrative costs vary from one provider to the next — and increase if the plan offers more customized investment options, hands-on advice and other bells and whistles. Many 401(k) providers, including Sharebuilder 401k, offer basic plans that start around $1,000 a year. And there are tax incentives. Companies with fewer than 100 employees can claim up to $500 in tax credits to offset administrative costs for each of the first three years of a first-time plan.

via Many Reasons to Offer 401(k)s (Including Owner’s Retirement) – NYTimes.com.

Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.