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Great News for Retirement Savers in 2020

By Portage County Business Council

By LouAnn Schulfer, AWMA®, AIF®
Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM
Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
If you are a retirement saver, I have great news for you. The amount you are allowed to contribute to some plans, as well as the income thresholds which make contributions permissible have risen for 2020.

If you participate in a 401(k), you are allowed to defer up to $19,500 of your salary if you are under 50 and up to $26,000 if you are 50 or over. These new limits for 2020 represent a $500 increase for each as compared to 2019. Many employers offer matching contributions, sweetening the deal of saving for your future even more.

Contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA’s) remain the same as 2019, at $6,000 for those under 50 and $7,000 for those 50 and over. For traditional IRA’s, you are allowed to deduct your contribution amount from your taxable income, and for ROTH IRA’s, the contributions are made with after-tax dollars, both being subject to income threshold limits (which have also risen slightly for 2020) depending on your tax filing status (single, married filing joint, etc.).

There are other rules to remember when making IRA contributions. You must have earned income, and if that earned income is less than the maximum allowable contributions, that is your limit.  Earned income is different than taxable income. You may have taxable income from IRA distributions, for example if you have inherited an IRA subject to required distributions. That distribution is taxable but not counted as earned income.  You are not allowed to make traditional IRA contributions if you are over age 70 ½, even if you have earned income. ROTH IRA contributions are allowed at any age, as long as you meet the requirements of earned income while staying under the maximum income thresholds that allow contributions.

Be sure you are familiar with the rules for contributions.  If you violate the IRS mandates you will be subject to penalties.  Consult with a qualified advisor.   You may also visit .

LouAnn Schulfer is co-owner of Schulfer & Associates, LLC Wealth Management and can be reached at (715) 343-9600 or

Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.  Member FINRA/SIPC.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.  Schulfer & Associates, LLC Wealth Management and LPL Financial do not provide tax advice.

Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax deductible in the contribution year, with current income tax due at withdrawal. Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax in addition to current income tax. The Roth IRA offers tax deferral on any earnings in the account. Withdrawals from the account may be tax free, as long as they are considered qualified.  Limitations and restrictions may apply. Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ or prior to the account being opened for 5 years, whichever is later, may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax. Future tax laws can change at any time and may impact the benefits of Roth IRAs.  Their tax treatment may change.