While few people like the stock market declines we are experiencing. There are some bright spots and opportunities. Should you consider converting a traditional IRA to a Roth during a down market?
Traditional IRAs are pre-tax dollars. While the money grows in the Traditional IRA tax-free; at distribution, you are taxed at your ordinary income tax rates. A Roth IRA invests post-tax dollars. Assuming you meet certain criteria, all Roth IRA distributions are income tax free.READ MORE
A recent TIAA Institute survey reported that 50% of Americans were unable to answer financial literacy questions properly. While I presume you are not in that group if you are reading this article, here are some highlights to share with your friends.READ MORE
Do you have an employer 401(k) plan or other retirement plan assets? Should you consolidate accounts? Here are some ideas and recommendations to consider.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
For those seeking access to their retirement funds, these include special provisions for coronavirus-related distributions and loans. For those seeking to preserve their retirement funds, certain required minimum distributions from retirement funds have been suspended.
A 10% penalty tax generally applies to distributions from an employer retirement plan or individual retirement account (IRA) before age 59½ unless an exception applies. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the penalty tax will not apply to up to $100,000 of coronavirus-related distributions to an individual during 2020. Additionally, income resulting from a coronavirus-related distribution is spread over a three-year period for tax purposes unless an individual elects otherwise. Coronavirus-related distributions can also be paid back to an eligible retirement plan within three years of the day after the distribution was received.READ MORE
Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest retirement plan provider, recently released some statistics related to its customers that save for retirement. The number of Fidelity 401(k) accounts with a balance of $1 million or more recently hit a record of 168,000, up 41% from last year.
To give you an idea of how your retirement savings stack up against your peers, check out the average 401(k) balances in Fidelity accounts, as of the second quarter of 2018, broken down by age.READ MORE
Many Americans work with dreams of a comfortable retirement. We pay 6.2% of our wages into the Social Security system and our employers match another 6.2%. So when do we start reaping our rewards?
You can start receiving retirement benefits on your 62nd birthday. However, every year you delay your Social Security benefit payment, you will get an 8% increase in benefits up until age 70.
There are some questions you need to ask yourself and your financial and tax advisor. There are good arguments that support early receipt and good arguments that support waiting until age 70.READ MORE
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced last week that the maximum amount of wages in subject to the 6.2% Social Security tax will rise from $127,200 in 2017 to $128,700 in 2018. The SSA also announced that Social Security beneficiaries will get a 2% increase in benefits in 2018. The average retiree will receive an increase of $27 a month.
|Social Security Wage Maximum||$127,200||$128,700|
|Maximum Social Security tax||$7,886.40||$7,979.40|
|401(k) elective deferral||$18,000||$18,500|
|401(k) catch up||$6,000||$6,000|
If you take money out of a retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) before reaching the age of 59½, you typically must pay income taxes on the withdrawal plus an additional 10% early withdrawal tax unless an exception applies.
If they apply, these exceptions may save you the 10% penalty if you have to tap into your retirement accounts early.
Here are some of the important ways retirement benefits will change in 2016.
IRA and 401(k) Limits – The 2016 contribution limits for 2016 for IRAs (Traditional pre-tax of after-tax Roth IRAs) increases to $18,000 with a $6,000 catch-up contribution for individuals aged 50 and over.
Saver’s credit. The adjusted gross income (AGI) limit increases to $30,750 for individuals and to $61,500 for married couples. This tax credit is available to low and moderate income families that save for retirement. It can be worth 10%-50% of your retirement contribution up to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for couples.READ MORE
Yesterday, the Federal Reserve's 2014 Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making found many Americans are not financially prepared for retirement.