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New Increases to IRA & 401(k) Contribution Limits in 2022

For 2022 you are able to increase your IRA contribution to $6,000 per year and if you’re over 50, then the amount is increased to $7,000 per year.  For 401(k) savings plans, the amount is raised to $20,500 per year and if you’re over 50, it’s been raised to $27,000 per year.  This small increase may not seem like a lot, but it really adds up over time.

Gifting Options for 2022 - A Guide

Though the terms and overall process can seem overwhelming, gifting remains a fantastic opportunity to assist your loved ones financially. As we close out one year and welcome another, the desire to give that comes along with the Christmas season raises questions regarding gifting for many families and individuals.

The bottom line? Gifting is a fantastic option for many people. Before you jump into it, you'll want to ensure that you completely understand your reasons for gifting, that it fully aligns with your personal values and your gifting limits, whether transferring wealth from one generation to the next or helping out financially.

Developing a strategy can feel like a lot when you've decided to gift, especially concerning gifting limits, how much, and when to give. Gifting, when done correctly, can be a fantastic way to prepare your loved ones to maintain expenses and finances in the future.

Financial Planning for Empty Nesters

Congratulations are in order! 

You planned, saved money for education expenses, and now your child is off to college. But as you settle into your “empty nest,” you might be wondering, now what?  It’s time to figure out how to adapt to your child’s new independence while keeping your family on a steady course financially.

Here, we’ll focus on some common financial planning issues encountered by empty nesters (or those soon to be!).  From finding new ways to save to considering powers of attorney, learn how to navigate this exciting transition while planning for the next phase of life.

 

Important Planning Strategies for IRA Beneficiaries

Watch out for taxes when withdrawing from an IRA you inherited – important planning strategies for IRA Beneficiaries.

When you inherit an IRA, you are responsible for paying the income taxes on the amount of money you withdraw from the IRA.  The amount of money you withdraw will be added to your ordinary income and taxed at your highest marginal tax rate.  Please be careful before cashing in a $300,000 Inherited IRA to make a large purchase – your taxes could easily be over $100,000.