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Maximizing Your Retirement Savings: Exploring SECURE Act 2.0's Contribution Limit Expansions

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Welcome back to our ongoing series on the SECURE Act 2.0 and its implications for your retirement planning. In this installment, we'll delve into the exciting developments surrounding employee contribution limits within employer-sponsored retirement plans. As financial advisors committed to guiding you toward a secure and fulfilling retirement, we believe it's crucial to keep you informed about the latest changes that can impact your financial future.

Catch-Up Contributions: Building Your Nest Egg Even Later

Life has a way of presenting unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes, that means we find ourselves needing to accelerate our retirement savings a bit later in the game. The good news is that the SECURE Act 2.0 recognizes this reality and offers a valuable solution: catch-up contributions.

Catch-up contributions are a lifeline for those aged 50 and older who wish to bolster their retirement savings. Under the new legislation, starting from December 31, 2024, the SECURE Act 2.0 will elevate the catch-up contribution limit to a substantial $10,000. This represents a remarkable 50% increase over the regular catch-up limit ($7,500 for 2023) for individuals ages 60, 61, 62, or 63.

This expansion allows individuals who might feel like they're a little "late to the party" to begin bridging the gap in their retirement savings. It's a golden opportunity for those who may have started planning for retirement later in life to make meaningful strides toward building a more secure financial future.

High Income Earners: Navigating the New Rules

Beginning in 2024, those with wages exceeding $145,000 (indexed for inflation) will face a change that redirects their catch-up contributions toward Roth contributions. While Roth contributions have their advantages, this shift does mean that previously tax-deferred dollars will now flow into after-tax savings.

The new rules emphasize the importance of strategic financial planning for high-income earners. Our team of financial advisors is here to help you navigate these changes, ensuring your retirement plan remains aligned with your unique financial goals.

Emergency Savings Accounts (ESAs): A Safety Net for Non-Highly Compensated Employees

In addition to catch-up contributions, the SECURE Act 2.0 introduces a groundbreaking concept to bolster financial security: Emergency Savings Accounts (ESAs). Designed to provide a safety net for Non-Highly Compensated Employees, ESAs offer a solution for unexpected financial emergencies.

Starting December 31, 2023, employers will have the option to offer short-term Emergency Savings Accounts (ESAs) to their employees. Designed to provide a safety net for Non-Highly Compensated Employees, ESAs offer a solution for unexpected financial emergencies. These accounts are funded through elective Roth deferrals and are capped at a maximum of $2,500 (or lower, depending on employer specifications). Notably, participants can make up to one withdrawal per month, with the first four withdrawals of the year exempt from fees.

Stay Tuned for More: Employer Contributions under SECURE Act 2.0

As we continue to explore the changes introduced by the SECURE Act 2.0, our next blog will focus on the modifications made to employer contributions. Stay tuned to learn how these changes could impact your retirement planning strategies.

At Mader Shannon, we are dedicated to providing you with up-to-date information, personalized guidance, and a roadmap to help you achieve your retirement goals. The SECURE Act 2.0 presents both opportunities and challenges, and our team of experienced financial advisors is here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start shaping your brighter financial future.