Changes are coming to IRAs in 2015. Are you ready to help your clients take advantage of those changes?

Sometimes, the inability to maximize value is found in the fine print. As Joshua Kadish, AIF, RFC of RPG Life Transition Specialists, explains, “Too often I see people who haven’t been maximizing their contributions simply because they didn’t know that the limits had been adjusted. Our goal is ensure everyone knows what the fine print says so they can make educated decisions.”

So, how to take advantage of the IRA changes? “These programs are always changing and evolving, and we’re seeing this with the new myRA option,” says Kadish. If there’s one New Year’s resolution you commit to this year, it should be to help your clients understand where their money is going so you they can feel safe and secure about their retirement future.

On the following pages, find the four biggest changes occuring in the IRA space in 2015:

There’s a New IRA Option

1. There’s a New IRA Option:

It’s called myRA and it’s a Roth IRA account that isn’t connected to an employer. Fully guaranteed by the federal government, this account will be available to those with an individual income of less than $129,000 annually and will allow workers to contribute after-tax dollars through payroll deduction.

Increased Limits on 401(k) Contribution

2. Increased Limits on 401(k) Contributions:

In 2015, workers will be able to contribute $500 more toward 401(k) accounts than in 2014. Catch-up contribution limits for workers over 50 will also increase by $500. Maximizing contributions allows investments to grow more over time and decreases a client’s income tax bill.

Higher Social Security Payments

3. Higher Social Security Payments:

Good news. Due to the standard increase for cost-of-living expenses, those receiving Social Security benefits will see their payments go up 1.7% in 2015. However, the portion of income that is subject to Social Security tax will also rise $1,500, or about 1.3%. 

Tax Credits for Savers

4. Tax Credits for Savers:

Singles with an adjusted gross income of less than $30,500 per year can apply for a saver’s credit worth up to $1,000 in taxes (up from $500 in 2014) for contributing to a 401(k) or IRA.

 

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