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Although we all imagine a life of leisure during our retirement years, there are a number of "what ifs" that could dramatically change that blissful picture:
- What if you're still paying for a mortgage?
- What if Social Security is dramatically reduced or eliminated?
- What if you suffer a long-term illness?
Your individual retirement plan should match your goals with your risk tolerance and a balanced blend of investment vehicles.
- Traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) – Allows you to contribute an amount equal to your taxable compensation up to a 2013 maximum of $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 or older). Contributions may be tax-deductible depending on income, tax filing status and coverage by an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Qualified distributions are taxable as income.
- Roth IRA – Similar to a Traditional IRA except that contributions are not tax-deductible and qualified distributions are tax-free.
- Retirement Investment Accounts – Other savings or investment accounts earmarked for retirement.
As your own employer, you have the sole responsibility of funding your retirement. You have several options as a self-employed individual, including two IRAs that enable you to provide retirement funds for your employees as well.
- Solo 401(k) – Annual tax-deferred contributions up to a set maximum plus an additional 20% of self-employment income for business owners, up to a combined maximum. Additional catch-up contribution for those 50 or older.
- SEP IRA – Your annual contribution is 20% of your compensation up to a maximum of $50,000. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible and earnings grow tax-deferred. If you use a percentage of your compensation to calculate your retirement contribution, you must make contributions for your employees at the same percentage.
- SIMPLE IRA – This tax-deferred retirement plan is an option for small business owners with fewer than 100 employees. Contribute up to $11,500 annually with a catch-up limit of $14,000 for those 50 or older. Employers must match up to 3% of an employee’s contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
A good employer-sponsored retirement plan can give your company a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining top-performing employees.
- Defined Benefit Pension – Allows employers to contribute money on a quarterly basis toward a predetermined retirement benefit for each employee based on age and compensation up to $200,000 per year.
- Profit Sharing Plan – Employers may make discretionary annual contributions into employee retirement accounts up to 25% of each employee's salary or a maximum of $50,000 for 2012.
- 401(k) Plan – Enables employees to defer taxes on annual contributions of up to $17,000 (as of the 2012 tax year). Those over 50 may make additional annual catch-up contributions of $5,500. Employers may make matching or non-elective contributions. Earnings accrue on a tax-deferred basis.
- 403(b) Custodial Account – Similar to a 401(k), this plan gives employees of educational, scientific, charitable or religious organizations an option to save for retirement while deferring taxes on contributions and earnings.
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