Employees who are saving for retirement through 401(k)s can also contribute to an IRA
Retirement experts estimate that you may need up to 80% of your pre-retirement income in retirement. An employer-sponsored plan might not be enough to accumulate the savings you need. Fortunately, you can contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA.
The 2021 IRS retirement contribution and benefit updates are as follows:
• The exclusion for elective deferrals will remain at $19,500 for 401(k) plans. You may elect to defer up to 100% of your Compensation on a pre-tax basis. You may also elect to make Roth contributions to the Plan on an after-tax basis. If you are age 50 or over, you may defer an additional amount up to $6,500 (in 2021).
• On top of elective deferral contributions, your company may match contributions up to a limit. For full details, please refer to the Summary Plan Description.
• The annual compensation limit increased to $290,000.
• An IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan, who is married to someone that is, will have the deduction phased out if their combined income is between $193,000 and $203,000.
• The AGI phase-out range for married couples filing jointly making Roth IRA contributions is now $198,000 to $208,000, and $125,000 to $140,000 for singles and heads of households.
Even if you have maxed out your 401(k) plan contributions for the year, you can still contribute to an IRA or Roth IRA at Schwab Institutional. You can contribute $6,000 for 2021, and if age 50 and older an additional $1,000. The same rules apply to your spouse. Your IRA contribution is non-deductible but grows tax-free and the contribution when withdrawn is tax-free. Contributing to a Roth IRA is subject income qualification. Contributions are invested in stocks, and ETFs that are professionally managed under a suitable portfolio strategy for you.
Remember, always max out your 401(k) contributions first and take advantage of company match before considering investing in an Individual Retirement Account.
Retirement experts estimate that you may need up to 80% of your pre-retirement income in retirement. An employer-sponsored plan might not be enough to accumulate the savings you need. People who started saving late and or unfortunately worked at an employer that did not offer a company retirement plan might not be on track to retire. Fortunately, you can contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA or to a SEP (if self-employed income) to make up for it. Furthermore, you can open a spousal IRA for a non-working spouse even if you have workplace retirement plan.
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