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2014 401K and IRA Contribution and Income Limits

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The IRS has released updated 2014 limits for defined contribution (or pension) plans such as 401(k) and IRAs. This was delayed from the usual mid-October release due to the government shutdown. The annual limits are tied to Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) figures and based on these the updated 2014 limits and contribution amounts are shown below […]

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Roth 401k Conversions and IRA Charitable Contributions Reinstated With 2013 Fiscal Cliff Deal

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With a deal to avert the fiscal cliff reached and legislated under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012, a couple of significant employer sponsored retirement plan features have reappeared with some modifications. You can read this article for an overview of the main 2013 income tax related changes in the ATRA act, but in terms […]

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$500 Increase in 2013 401k and IRA Contribution Limits Makes a Real Difference at Retirement

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The IRS has provided a $500 increase in tax deductible 2013 401(k) and IRA contribution maximums. Employer sponsored 401k plan contribution maximums have risen from $17,000 to $17,500. IRA limits have risen to $5,500 from the 2012 maximum of $5,000. These increases may not seem like a lot at first glance but over a number of years with the effect […]

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A $2000 Savers Tax Credit in 2012 and 2013 to Help Workers Save for Retirement

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A lot of people don’t know about or take advantage of a little known credit called the savers credit, officially referred to as the retirement savings contributions credit. The IRS has released 2013 details on the qualifying maximum income levels to claim the credit, which reflect a modest increase over 2012 levels meaning more people may […]

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2013 401k, IRA, SEP and Simple IRA Retirement Plan Contribution and Income Limits

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The IRS has published 2013 retirement plan limits following the release of Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) figures for next year.  This was the second consecutive year of increases to contribution limits, as shown in the table below.  With the new $17,500 limit, employees enrolled in an employee sponsored retirement plan (401k, 403b, and Thrift Savings […]

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Protect Your Retirement Savings Through These 4 Diversification Strategies

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With ongoing volatility across global markets and an uncertain future in terms of taxes, regulations and government safety nets such as social security; diversification is key in managing the risk associated with your retirement savings. That’s why these four risk diversification strategies across products and services make a lot of sense for the changing world […]

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2012 vs. 2013 IRA Maximum Contribution, Income and Deduction Limits Factoring in Employer Coverage Restrictions

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I’ve written a fair bit on tax-advantaged individual retirement plans, but still keep getting lots of questions on this topic. This is likely due to two main factors. One, thanks to the complexities of our tax code, it is not always easy to find current and applicable IRA/401K information. Secondly, because you can have multiple […]

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Can I Make 401K or IRA to Roth IRA Conversions in 2012 and 2013? What Are The New Rules and Income Limits

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[2013 Update] With a deal to avert the fiscal cliff reached and legislated under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012, a couple of significant employer sponsored retirement plan features have reappeared with some modifications. This includes the Roth 401(k) conversion and Charitable IRA contributions. You can read more about these updated provisions in this […]

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Will Markets Crash or Boom? 5 Things You Can Do Stay in The Money

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The graphic to the right, showing the top stories on MarketWatch recently, reflects how mixed views on the market outlook really are. Some experts predict a continuing boom, some a crash and some both. No wonder retail investors like you and I are confused on what to do. The stock market crash of 2008 is […]

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When Can I Make Catch-Up Contributions to 401K, IRA, 403b and SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plans

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Catch-up contributions allow people who feel that they do not have enough of a nest egg to make higher retirement plan contributions as they approach retirement. If you are over or turning 50 in a given calender year you are eligible to make additional or catch-up contributions to your current retirement plan (401K, 403b, IRA etc). […]

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