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IRS Retirement Plan Adjustments for 2014

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January 2014
IRS Retirement Plan Adjustments for 2014

IRAs (Individual RetirementAccounts). Not much change here: the 2014 contribution limit is still set at$5,500, with an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution permitted for those 50 and older.

The AGI (AdjustedGross Income) phase-out ranges affecting your ability to deduct traditional IRA contributions have been slightly adjusted north:

* Single & head-of-household filers covered by a workplace retirement plan: $60,001-70,000

* Married filing jointly, you contribute to a workplace retirement plan: $96,001-116,000

* Married filing jointly, spouse contributes to workplace plan, you don’t: $181,001-191,000.

The limits oneligibility to make Roth IRA contributions have been adjusted. You can make a full Roth contribution in 2014 if your adjusted gross income does not exceed these limits:

* Single & head-of-household filers: $114,000 (phase-out range is $114,001-129,000)

* Married filing jointly:$181,000 (phase-out range is $181,001-191,000)

401(k)s, 403(b)s, most 457plans & the federal Thrift Savings Plan. Contribution limits on these plans are unchanged for 2014. You will be able to put up to $17,500 in these accounts next year if you are younger than 50, and $23,000 if you are 50 or older(thanks to the catch-up contribution).

If you participate in more than one of these defined contribution retirement plans—for example, you contribute to a 401(k) and a 403(b), or two 401(k)s—you should know that the total contribution limit for both employee and employer contributions across all such accounts in2014 is the lesser of: a) 100 percent of your compensation, b) $52,000 if youare younger than 50, or c) $57,500 if you are 50 or older.

With regard to 401(k)s, the above limits apply to both traditional and “safe harbor” versions.

SEP (Simplified EmployeePension) & SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) plans. In2014, the maximum allowable compensation used in the calculation of SEP-IRA contributions increases $5,000 to $260,000. The threshold for an employee to beincluded in a SEP plan remains at $550 for 2014 (that is, an employee is eligible if he or she receives at least $550 in compensation from your businessfor the year). SIMPLE plans see no changes to contribution limits next year:the maximum plan contribution remains at $12,000 for 2014, with catch-up contributions still limited at $2,500.

Profit-sharing plans. The 2014deferral limit is $17,500,
the catch-up contribution limit is $2,500, the compensation
limitation is $260,000, and the maximum contribution amount across multiple plans is the lesser of a) 100 percent of your
compensation, b) $52,000 if you are younger than 50, or c) $57,500 if you are 50 or older.

ESOPs (Employee Stock OwnershipPlans). Next year, the dollar amount used to figure out the maximum account balance in an ESOP subject to a five-year distribution period increases by $15,000 to $1,050,000. There is also a $5,000 rise in the dollar amount used to determine the lengthening of the five-year distribution period: it is $210,000in 2014.

The dollar limitation used to define a key employee in a top-heavy plan increases. This limit was set at$165,000 for 2013. Next year, it rises to $170,000.

Income limits for the saver’scredit are slightly increasing. This federal tax credit is offered tolow-income and middle-income workers saving for retirement. In 2014, you will be eligible for the credit if your AGI doesn’t exceed these thresholds:

* Married filing jointly:$60,000

* Head of household: $45,000

* Married filing separately& single filers: $30,000

Keep these retirement plan adjustments in mind as you think about your financial moves for 2014.

This material was prepared by MarketingLibrary.Net Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. Please note: investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax, or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Moneywise is hosted by Rajesh Jyotishi with Shalin Financial Services, Inc. Rajesh is an investment advisor representative who offers securities through Resource Horizons Group, L.L.C., which is a registered broker-dealer and a member of FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through Resource Horizons Investment Advisory, 1350 Church St Ext NE, 3rd Floor, Marietta, GA 30060, 770-319-1970. Rajesh has been in the insurance, investments, and financial planning fields since 1991. He can be reached at 770-451-1932, ext. 101 or at RJ@shalinfinancial.com.   



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