Each year, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) conducts its Retirement Confidence Survey to assess both worker and retiree confidence in financial aspects of retirement. In 2018, as in years past, retirees expressed a higher level of confidence than today’s workers (perhaps because “retirement” is less of an abstract concept to those actually living it).
Now that it’s fairly common for families to have two wage earners, many husbands and wives are accumulating assets in separate employer-sponsored retirement accounts. In 2018, the maximum employee contribution to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan is $18,500 ($24,500 for those age 50 and older), and employers often match contributions up to a set percentage of salary.
Planning for retirement at any age is always complicated, but when a couple or individual wants to retire at 55, goal attainment can be even more difficult. Careful management and allocation of resources, paired with inventive income-boosting and tax reduction strategies, are the keys to a successful early retirement.
No matter what your age or stage of life, targeting a goal for monthly retirement income can seem like a daunting task. Following are four considerations to help you get started.
Are you a “Baby Boomer” – a member of the demographic group born post-World War II between 1946 and 1964? This group of Americans has had a profound impact on U.S. society at every stage of life. That impact has been in part due to the sheer size of this group, which peaked at nearly 79 million (including immigrants) in 1999, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is also due to Boomers challenging many aspects of traditional society and values.
Tax filing season is here again. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to start pulling things together — that includes getting your hands on a copy of your 2016 tax return and gathering W-2s, 1099s, and deduction records. You’ll need these records whether you’re preparing your own return or paying someone else to prepare your tax return for you.
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