2018 401k and 403b Plan Contribution Limits Could Drop Precipitously Under Trump-Republican Tax Reform


401K and 403b limits have held steady or moderately increased over the last few years with more and more Americans using these tax advantaged employer sponsored vehicles to save for their retirement income. However this bastion of American retirement savings is under attack from Trump and GOP tax reform proposals. Basically to fund proposed tax […]

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2018 vs 2017 Roth IRA Contribution and Income Limits plus Conversion Rollover Rules


[Updated with 2018 Roth IRA limits] The latest income phase out ranges for the deductibility of Roth IRA contributions are shown in the table below. You may be able to contribute to a Roth IRA for yourself or your spouse if you have earned income within or below the following thresholds. Looking to open your first IRA […]

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5 Reasons I Max Out My 401k Retirement Account as Fast as I Can – The 25% Contribution Rule


Every year around November when the IRS publishes updated 401k plan limits for the year ahead I set myself a goal to see how fast I can reach the maximum contribution limit. I am fortunate that I earn and save enough money to make the maximum pre-tax retirement account contributions, but even if you cannot get […]

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Contributing to an IRA and Roth IRA if You Already Have a 401K – Non Deductible IRA and Maximum Tax Deductible Contributions


“Can I Contribute to an IRA, Roth IRA and a 401K if I have access to all these accounts? What are the limits and rules of doing so?” This is the kind of question I get fairly often and one that I actually had to recently sort out for myself. To determine if and how much you […]

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2016 to 2017 Retirement Plan Contributions and Conversions – How to Reduce your Taxable Income


In this article we will discuss Retirement Plan Contributions and Conversions and how these can reduce your taxable income in the current tax year. The last business day of 2016 is December 30th, so there is still time to make changes to your contributions to achieve the greatest reduction in your tax liability. The countdown to […]

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The Best Retirement Plans for Young Workers


It’s not breaking news that you should be saving for retirement. Most employed people understand this fact, so hopefully, you are setting some cash aside for your golden years despite your day to day living expenses. The tricky part of retirement financial planning is figuring out how much you should actually save and where it […]

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COLA Driven Tax Changes for 2017


There are many cost of living adjustments (COLA) being made for 2017 as announced by the IRS. These changes will be effective on January 1, 2017. The changes we will discuss today are those being made under section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code. This Code sets forth dollar limitations on benefits and contributions that […]

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2017 COLA Increase Will Result in a Tax Hike For Over 12 Million American Workers


[2017 COLA update] Its been a few years with relatively minor COLA (cost-of-living-adjustment) increases but even with the marginal 2017 COLA increase of 0.3%, over 12 million Americans will pay higher taxes in 2017 as the maximum taxable earnings (wage base) subject to social security also increased from $106,800 to $110,100. You can see the previous update below for how this […]

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2017 vs 2018 Traditional IRA versus Roth IRA – Contribution and Phase-out Income Limits


I regularly receive reader questions asking me to clarify the difference between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA plan. Both are excellent retirement investment vehicles, but based on your income and tax situation one may be a better first choice than the other. Shown below is a table with some key differences between the two retirement investment […]

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2017 vs 2018 401k, 403b, 457 and TSP Contribution Limits and Catch-up Amounts


[Updated with the latest 2018 contribution limits] The IRS has released updated employer sponsored retirement plan limits, which covers 401(k), 403(b), 457 and Government Thrift Savings (TSP) plans. The annual contribution limit, which is indexed to inflation increased by $500 in 2018. This means the maximum amount employees will be able to contribute on a pre-tax basis in […]

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