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A non-qualified retirement plan is one that does not qualify for special tax treatment under the Internal Revenue Code or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. In essence, a non-qualified retirement plan is a contract to provide pension benefits. Individuals can create one, but most are created by employers.

Contributors to non-qualified plans don't get the same tax benefits as contributors to qualified plans, such as 401(k)s, do.

But because they are not constrained by the codes, non-qualified plans can be much more flexible in setting benefit amounts and timing payouts. Most are created to attract and retain highly paid employees.

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