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Atlanta-Exciting News for Retirement Contribution Limits for 2019

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The IRS has announced that you will be able to save more toward retirement, the last time there was an increase was in 2013.
For 401k, 403b, most 457 plans and federal government Thrift Savings plan, the saving cap is increased from $18,500 to $19,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for 50 and over remains at $6,000 more.
The limit on annual contributions to an IRA is increased from
$5,500 to $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution for individuals age 50 or over remains at $1,000 more.
The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs and to claim the saver’s credit all increased for 2019.
Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if they meet certain conditions. If during the year either the taxpayer or their spouse was covered by a retirement plan at work, the deduction may be reduced, or phased out, until it is eliminated, depending on filing status and income. (If neither the taxpayer nor their spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work, the phase-outs of the deduction do not apply.) Here are the phase-out ranges for 2019:
  • For single taxpayers covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $64,000 to $74,000, up from $63,000 to $73,000.
  • For married couples filing jointly, where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is $103,000 to $123,000, up from $101,000 to $121,000.
  • For an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan and is married to someone who is covered, the deduction is phased out if the couple’s income is between $193,000 and $203,000, up from $189,000 and $199,000.
  • For a married individual filing a separate return who is covered by a workplace retirement plan, the phase-out range is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
The income phase-out range for taxpayers making contributions to a Roth IRA is $122,000 to $137,000 for singles and heads of household, up from $120,000 to $135,000. For married couples filing jointly, the income phase-out range is $193,000 to $203,000, up from $189,000 to $199,000. The phase-out range for a married individual filing a separate return who makes contributions to a Roth IRA is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $0 to $10,000.
For those of you who are over the income limits there is a way to save to a ROTH through the back-door ROTH IRA.
The income limit for the Saver’s Credit (also known as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit) for low- and moderate-income workers is $64,000 for married couples filing jointly, up from $63,000; $48,000 for heads of household, up from $47,250; and $32,000 for singles and married individuals filing separately, up from $31,500.
Make sure if you are not maxing out your retirement savings to increase this every year, saving now will allow you to enjoy your later retirement years. As always, if you need additional information on retirement saving, we are here for you. Please contact us at 800.871.1219 or Faye directly at fsykes@scarletoakfs.com.
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