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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Magna UT

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

David Swapp
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Ray LeVitre
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Debra Knotts
Albion Financial Group
(801) 487-3700
812 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CLU

James Zeberlein
Z Financial Planning LLC
(800) 918-1790
2150 S. 1300 E., Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Paul Winter
Five Seasons Financial Planning
(801) 272-0902
4505 S. Wasatch Blvd., Ste. 290E
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, College/Education Planning, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, EA, MBA

Robert Christenson
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Kent Wilson
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

John Bird
Albion Financial Group
(801) 487-3700
812 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Financial Issues Between Generations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Thomas Fritz
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, College/Education Planning, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Denise Smith
Financial Planning Office LLC
(801) 466-4101
1308 South 1700 East, Suite 208
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure

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Frugal Living

Saving For Retirement: Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure
By James Lange 
   

Many people perhaps you feel they cannot afford to save for retirement. The truth is you may very well be able to afford to save, but you don t realize it. That's right. I am going to present a rationale to persuade you to contribute more than you think you can afford.

First, I am operating on assumption that you are following the cardinal rule of saving for retirement: If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan you are contributing whatever your employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

If you have substantial savings and maximizing your retirement plan contributions causes your net payroll check to be insufficient to meet your expenses, you should maximize retirement plan contributions.

The shortfall for your living expenses from making increased pre-tax retirement plan contributions should be withdrawn from your savings (money that has already been taxed). Over time this process, i.e., increasing contributions to your retirement plan and funding the shortfall by making after-tax withdrawals from an after-tax account, transfers money from the after-tax environment to the pre-tax environment. Ultimately it results in more money for you and your heirs.

Another way to squeeze blood from a stone is to consider an interest only mortgage. The reduced mortgage payment (in contrast to what you would be paying on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage) is deductible as a home interest expense. The additional cash flow from the reduced payment could be used to pay credit card debt or fund one or more tax favored investments. You could open a Roth IRA, make additional retirement contributions, and/or purchase a tax-favored life insurance plan. In the long run, you could be better off, often by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of course there are risks with this strategy.

Another opportunity to shift savings from the after-tax environment to tax advantaged retirement savings might arise if you are the beneficiary of an inheritance.

Take this Changing Your IRA and Retirement Plan Strategy after a Windfall or an Inheritance mini case study for example:

Joe always had trouble making ends meet. He did, however, know enough to always contribute to his retirement plan th...

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