Make Your Retirement Planning Count
Most Americans who are saving for their retirement have the better part of 30 years to prepare. But the average pre-retirement Baby Boomer does not have enough savings for their retirement years, and one third of Americans have no retirement savings at all.
If you’re one of the many who sees retirement as a real option in the next decade, here are some things to turn up the volume on your savings in the years you have left:
Contribute to a Roth IRA
Contributions to a Roth IRA are made with after-tax dollars, but distributions in retirement are tax free. This account often gets pitched to young, lower-income workers. Because taxes are paid on the front end, you lock in your current tax rate. That’s a good thing if you expect that rate to go up in retirement.
Consider a Health Savings Account
Contributions to a health savings account are tax-deductible, and distributions for medical expenses are tax free. An HSA must be linked to a high-deductible health insurance policy, which has higher deductibles, but lower premiums. The idea is that plan holders put their premium savings into an HSA to be used for medical expenses before meeting that higher deductible.
Get rid of your debt, so that by the time retirement arrives, you won’t have to spend any extra money on paying off your credit cards, etc. Work out a step by step plan to pay down your debt.
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