IRS Boosts Limits for 401(k) Contributions

If you’ve been wanting to sock away more money in your workplace retirement savings plan, next year’s your chance. This morning the Internal Revenue Service announced that next year’s contribution limits will go up by $500, to $18,000 for 401(k)s, 403 (b) plans at nonprofits, most 457 plans offered by state and local governments, as well as the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan. >> Boost Your 401(k) Retirement Savings Workers ages 50 and older are entitled to make extra contributions to …

8 Year-End Tax Moves to Make Now

As we enter the home stretch of 2014, it’s time to consider some tax moves. Here are a few you might want to consider: Give to charity. For those who itemize, making a charitable contribution could lower your taxes. Rather than just giving cash, consider giving your most highly appreciated securities. You usually will get a deduction equal to the full value of the securities and will not have to pay a capital gains tax. Max out your 401(k). Those over …

Creditors Can Snatch Your (Inherited) IRA, Supreme Court Rules

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has just made estate planning a lot more cumbersome for some high-net-worth parents who want to leave tax-free money in a Roth IRA to a child. Retirement accounts are protected from creditors in bankruptcy cases so people don’t wind up destitute in old age. However, the court unanimously ruled on Thursday that this is not the case for those who inherit IRAs. The court decision involves a case of a woman who inherited about $450,000 in an IRA from her mother …

La planeación para el retiro desafí­a a los hispanos

¿Qué piensas hacer cuando te jubiles? ¿Dónde están los ahorros para tu retiro? ¿De qué vas a vivir? Ojalá seas una de las personas que puede contestar satisfactoriamente, porque para muchos hispanos estas preguntas no tienen respuestas. La falta de planeación y el bajo nivel de ahorro para la jubilación es uno de los grandes retos financieros que afronta este segmento de la población, en comparación con el resto de los estadounidenses, de acuerdo con un nuevo estudio publicado por …

Personal Finance News this Veterans Day

Yesterday, AARP’s Director of Financial Security, Jean Stetzfand, was featured in a segment NPR’s “Tell Me More” program. Stetzfand is discussing the issue of older workers and unemployment – a topic that is gaining more and more exposure in the media recently, and obviously one that is important to AARP and its members. Read the transcript or listen to the segment here. Stetzfand discusses the fact that workers over age 55 spend more time looking for work, possibly because employers …

News of the Day: Financial Worries, a Big Day for Health Care Reform…and Roth IRAs? What are those?

USA Today featured a big story today on a survey from AARP that showed that Americans aged 45-64 are worried about having enough money for retirement and continued difficulty in paying for basic items such as food. Check out the story for all the startling statistics – there’s a lot of anxiety out there about money these days. In what some are calling a serious setback for President Obama, the Senate Finance Committee voted against the public health care option …