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2024 Retirement Contribution Limits: What You Need to Know

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As we find ourselves halfway through 2024, it's crucial to reassess your financial strategy and ensure you're on track with your retirement savings. With the IRS having updated the contribution limits for various retirement accounts, now is the perfect time to make sure you're maximizing your contributions and taking full advantage of the new limits. Here's a detailed look at the 2024 retirement contribution limits and what they mean for your financial planning.


1. 401(k), 403(b), and 457 Plans

For 2024, the contribution limit for employees participating in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans has increased to $23,000, up from $22,500 in 2023. This increase allows individuals to save more on a tax-deferred basis.

Catch-Up Contributions: If you are 50 or older, you can make additional catch-up contributions. For 2024, the catch-up contribution limit remains at $7,500, allowing a total contribution of $30,500.


2. Roth and Traditional IRAs

The contribution limit for both Roth and Traditional IRAs has been increased to $7,000, up from $6,500 in 2023. This applies to individuals under 50.

Catch-Up Contributions: Those aged 50 and older can contribute an additional $1,000, bringing the total limit to $8,000.


3. Simple IRA

The Simple IRA contribution limit has increased to $16,000, up from $15,500 in 2023. This plan is often used by small businesses due to its simplicity and lower administrative costs.

Catch-Up Contributions: Employees aged 50 and above can contribute an additional $3,500, bringing their total contribution to $19,500.


4. SEP IRAs and Solo 401(k)s

For self-employed individuals and small business owners, SEP IRA and Solo 401(k) contribution limits are based on a percentage of income. The limit for 2024 is $66,000, up from $66,000 in 2023, or 25% of compensation, whichever is less.


5. Income Limits for IRA Contributions

The income limits for contributing to Roth IRAs and for deducting contributions to Traditional IRAs have also been adjusted for inflation.

  • Roth IRA Income Limits:

    • Single filers: Phase-out begins at $140,000 and ends at $155,000.

    • Married filing jointly: Phase-out begins at $215,000 and ends at $230,000.

  • Traditional IRA Deductibility Limits:

    • Single filers covered by a workplace retirement plan: Phase-out begins at $68,000 and ends at $78,000.

    • Married couples filing jointly where the spouse making the IRA contribution is covered by a workplace retirement plan: Phase-out begins at $109,000 and ends at $129,000.

    • If the contributing spouse is not covered by a workplace retirement plan but the other spouse is, the phase-out begins at $215,000 and ends at $235,000.


6. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

While not a traditional retirement account, HSAs offer triple tax benefits and can be a powerful retirement savings tool. For 2024, the HSA contribution limits are:

  • Self-only coverage: $4,150

  • Family coverage: $8,300

  • Catch-up contributions for those 55 and older: Additional $1,000


Maximizing Your Retirement Contributions

To make the most of these increased limits, consider the following tips:

  1. Automate Contributions: Set up automatic contributions to ensure consistent savings throughout the year.

  2. Take Advantage of Catch-Up Contributions: If you are 50 or older, maximize your savings by making catch-up contributions.

  3. Review Your Income: Ensure your contributions are optimized based on your income to take full advantage of tax benefits.

  4. Consult a Financial Advisor: A professional can help you tailor your retirement strategy to your individual needs and goals.


Conclusion

Understanding and leveraging the 2024 retirement contribution limits is crucial for effective retirement planning. By staying informed and making the most of these opportunities, you can enhance your financial security and work towards a comfortable retirement.

For personalized advice and strategies, consider consulting a financial advisor who can guide you based on your unique financial situation and retirement goals.

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