savings alone cannot meet retirement goals

While saving on a regular basis is the first essential step, savings alone cannot meet retirement goals. The savings must grow on a consistent basis. In our example of a 25-year-old, saving for 37 years, contributions only accounted for about $200,000, whereas the balance $800,000 came from investment growth over 37 years. With an inflation rate of 2-3%, the average rate of growth of 8-9% is both realistic and achievable.

 

 

TAXES

 

Studne loan phase out 

 

What is the income cut off for student loan interest deduction?
You can claim student loan interest on your taxes, however the student loan interest deduction begins to phase out if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is: $80,000 if filing single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) $165,000 if married filing jointly.

 

 

Deducting Property Taxes for Real Estate – Where to Look

If so, they'll send you Form 1098. This form will report any real estate taxes you paid. You should receive a Form 1098 by Jan. ... Your share of property taxes stays the same even if you paid all (or didn't pay any) of the property taxes.

 

Employer Match Does Not Count Toward the 401(k) Limit
There are two sides to your contribution: what you provide as the employee and the match from your employer (if applicable). You can only contribute a certain amount to your 401(k) each year. For 2019, that limits stands at $19,000. In 2020, the limit is expected to rise to $19,500. This contribution limit includes deferrals that you elect to be withheld from your paycheck and invested in your 401(k) on a pre-tax basis.

The good news is that this limit does not include employer match contributions. If you contribute, say, $18,000 toward your 401(k) and your employer adds an additional $5,000, you’re still within the IRS limits

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