When it comes to retirement you must have a plan and a goal. Knowing where you are and having a goal is the first step. Having a road map can make it much easier to reach your goal and retire on time.
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If you’re unsure about which type of retirement account to choose, a good option is to put your money in a Roth IRA. Compared to an employer-sponsored retirement account — such as a 401(k) or 403(b) — or a traditional IRA, the Roth is more flexible and typically likely leads to more money in retirement.
However, if your employer matches contributions to your work-sponsored plan, it’s probably best to take advantage of this free money. You should contribute up to the point that contributions are matched. After that, send your retirement money to a Roth.
Identify 2017 IRA Contribution Limits
An important tool to use as you plan for your retirement is making a 2017 IRA contribution. First, you’ll need to determine how much of an IRA contribution you can make.
For either a traditional or Roth IRA, individuals under age 50 can contribute up to $5,500 in 2017. If you are older than 50, the maximum contribution is $6,500. Keep in mind you cannot contribute the full amount to both a traditional and a Roth IRA. However, you can split the amount between the two, if the total doesn’t exceed the 2017 contribution limit.
Roth IRAs are a great tool for retirement, but there are rules that limit contributions. In 2017, income limits begin phasing out a person’s eligibility for contributing to a Roth IRA at $118,000 for singles and $186,000 for couples. The opportunity to contribute to a Roth IRA disappears altogether once an individual or couple’s income surpasses $133,000 and $196,000.
If your filing status is…
And your modified AGI is…
Then you can contribute…
|married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)||< $186,000||up to the limit|
|≥ $186,000 but < $196,000||a reduced amount|
|married filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time during the year||≥ $10,000||zero|
|< $118,000||up to the limit|
|single, head of household, or married filing separately and you did not olive with your spouse at any time during the year||≥ $118,000 but < $133,000||a reduced amount|
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