The IRS recently announced an increase in the maximum amount you can contribute to your employer-sponsored retirement plan in 2023.
Due to high inflation, the cost-of-living adjustment means maximum retirement contributions will be rising almost 10% in the upcoming year. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan has been increased to $22,500 ( which is up from $20,500 in 2022). Annual contribution limits have also been increased for traditional and Roth IRAs, up to $6,500 from the $6,000 limit of 2022.
What Does This Mean For Me?
If you are already making the maximum contribution to your 401(k) each year, this is good news for you, as you will be able to set aside even more money for retirement. If you are looking to maximize your retirement fund, you may want to consider contributing to both your employer-sponsored retirement plan and an IRA.
If you cannot contribute the maximum amount to your retirement plan in 2023, don’t be concerned. Though the number has grown in recent years, only about 10-12% of people maximize their 401(k) contributions each year. Simply participating in an employer-sponsored plan puts you in a great position for a successful retirement, especially if you start early and remain consistent with your contributions. Remember that this increase is due to the high cost of living, so you may not have the funds left over to make your ideal contribution in 2023.
Making the Most of your 401(k)
One of the most important financial planning strategies in saving for retirement is to maximize your employer’s 401(k) match. Taking advantage of that extra money can be a huge help to your retirement fund, especially if you are consistently contributing enough money to get the maximum match. If you are unsure about the specifics of your company’s plan, take the time to read over it thoroughly, perhaps with your financial advisor, so you can make the most of your money.
A few key points to remember about a 401(k): it is a retirement savings plan, so once you put money in, it is always best to leave it in. There are penalties if you take the money out before retirement age. Also keep in mind that if you change employers, you can roll your vested balance into your new employer’s 401(k) plan or into another qualifying retirement account such as an IRA.
If you have questions, it is always a great idea to call your financial advisor for guidance. But no matter what, please take advantage of any type of savings plan your current employer offers as the earlier and more aggressive you are, the closer you will come to achieving your financial goals.
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