Three Reasons To Max Out Your IRA

Three Reasons To Max Out Your IRA

Not that long ago, you reviewed your financial health and made the wise decision to open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Since then, daily expenses have crowded out your ability to make consistent contributions. Read on to reconnect with the reasons you first opened your IRA and why you should max out contributions every year. 

  1. Tax-Free Compounded Growth 

Any interest, dividends, or capital gains earned within your account grow tax-free when you contribute to an IRA. Those dollars can benefit from compounding interest, which happens when you earn interest on your original principal - and that interest earns interest. 

Let’s say you deposit $100 into an account earning 3% annual compounded interest. If you leave it there for a year, your balance would be $103 at the end of that time period. For 2022, the maximum annual contribution limit is $6,000. If you're age 50 or older, you can contribute up to $7,000. Contribute the maximum allowed to make the most of your account. 

  1. Penalty-Free Withdrawals Options 

If retirement is 30+ years away, increasing your annual IRA contributions can be scary. What if you need the money and you've already depleted your emergency savings account? The Internal Revenue Service allows for penalty-free IRA early withdrawals under certain circumstances. 

  1. Extended Contribution Periods 

The IRS allows contributions until Tax Day (April 15), following the annual contribution year. This means that if you haven't maxed out your 2022 annual contribution limit by December 31, 2022, you still have time to achieve your savings goal. You have until April 15, 2023, to add more money to the account for the 2022 plan year. 

We encourage you to recommit to contributing to an IRA to help secure your retirement future. If you're unsure whether your IRA meets your needs, speak with a Vermont Federal CFS Financial Advisor*. They can review your financial situation to help ensure that contributing maximum dollars to your current IRA makes sense. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today! 

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