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Roth IRA Catch Up

Updated on July 2, 2010

Roth IRA Catch Up Contributions

Your income is budgeted to meet all the financial needs of your family. These most of the time include educational fees of your children, healthcare, house mortgage and basics necessities in your home. Though, you already secured a Roth IRA account for your retirement years, falling short along the way may lead you to choose between living a less comfortable lifestyle during your retirement and staying employed for more years than what you initially planned. But because you already have a Roth account, you can cross-out these options and instead take advantage of the Roth IRA catch up contributions.

There is a specific stipulation that the law set in making additional contributions more than the year’s limits through the catch up contributions of Roth IRA. If you turn fifty years old or you are more than fifty years old, then you are eligible to contribute more funds than the contribution limits, which you can carry out through your company’s savings plan or individual retirement account with the use of pre-tax dollars. To make this possible, you should first meet the maximum allowable contribution limit for the year. Make sure to review the Roth IRA rules and How to Open a Roth IRA.

Flourish Your Retirement Account in No Time

The Roth IRA catch up contributions are also the best tools utilized by people nearing their retired status, who didn’t save early for their retirement. The catch up contribution of Roth IRA is the most effective way to flourish your retirement account in no time, since it allows you to save as much as you can. Another significant benefit of catch-up contribution is that it can preserve the advantages associated with the 401(k) plan, which include employer match, tax deferment and lower-than-retail management fees.

Making up for the lost time is the fundamental principle that surrounds the catch up contributions and you can do this by using simple Roth IRA basics. As for 2009 aside from the contribution limit of $5,000, if you are qualified to make catch up contributions, you can add up to $1,000 in your retirement account. You can ask your current employer if they provide catch up contributions. While this procedure is not required for companies to execute, the vast majority of employers offer their employees with this option. The catch-up limits of 401(k), 403(b), 457 retirement plans and SAR-SEP retirement investing account are the same.

Since you can contribute $1,000 more than what younger contributors can, you can anticipate more savings during your retirement. To make it clearer, if you make contributions amounting to $25,000 prior to the age of fifty, when you reach your 50th birthday and you continuously contributed to your Roth 401(k) plan in the amount of $6,000 a year including the Roth IRA catch up contributions plus the eight percent interest that your account incurs; for your 65th birthday your Roth IRA account’s value will be whooping $245,000.

Catch Up Contributions of Roth IRAs

The catch up contributions of Roth IRA should not only be made by people who didn’t begin saving early for their retirement. If you make contributions to a Roth IRA account early, you make sure that you reach the annual maximum allowed contributions in your Roth 401(k) plan and you take full advantage of the catch up contributions, your retirement savings can grant you the most comfortable way of living in your retirement years.


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