Three Possibilities for 401(K) Contributions

Contributing to a traditional employer-sponsored defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, offers many benefits: Contributions are pretax, reducing your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), which can also help you reduce or avoid exposure to the 3.8% net investment income tax. Plan assets can grow tax-deferred — meaning you pay no income …

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Key Dates & Milestones: Social Security, Pensions, IRAs, Medicare

There are many age-related financial and planning milestones that you need to be aware of in your sixties. Keep this list in mind. 59 ½ – Penalty Goes Away This is the age at which one can withdraw money from traditional IRAs, 401(k)s or similar retirement plans without restrictions and without an added 10% tax …

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Timing Rules for SEPs and SIMPLE-IRAs Part II

For the most part, SEPs (Simplified Employee Pensions) and SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees)-IRAs live up to their billing as easy ways to set aside tax-favored retirement funds for employees and employers. However, contribution rules for these plans are not necessarily straight-forward. To read part I of this post dealing with SEPs, click …

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Is an ESOP Right for You?

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is a qualified retirement plan that invests primarily in employer stock.  Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons of an ESOP. Pros Contributions to an ESOP are expenses for the contributing corporation for tax purposes. ESOP companies are less likely to be disposed of by sale, …

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