[This article was archived on 10/23/2016.]
You know the importance of saving for retirement. However, with all the other demands on your money, perhaps you haven't set aside as much for your future as you'd like. In fact, a 2015 Employee Benefits Research Institute survey found that only 22% of workers feel "very confident" about having enough money to live comfortably in retirement.1
The good news is that you may be able to boost your retirement savings with "catch-up" contributions if you're age 50 or older. Assuming your employer permits them, catch-up contributions enable you to defer additional amounts above and beyond the annual contribution limit for your plan.
For example in 2016 individuals are allowed to contribute up to $18,000 to certain employer-sponsored retirement accounts. However, you may be able to contribute an extra $6,000 this year, for a total of $24,000.2 In addition, if you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you also can contribute an extra $1,000 above the $5,500 limit for 2016.
To see the impact catch-up contributions may have on your retirement savings, consider the following hypothetical example. Let's say you turn 50 this year and are able to make the maximum allowable contribution to your employer-sponsored retirement plan each year until you retire at age 65. The following chart highlights how much extra savings you potentially could have at retirement if you also took advantage of catchup contributions over that 15-year period.
You can view the retirement plan dollar maximums for 2016 at mutualofamerica.com. If you have any questions, please contact your local Mutual of America representative or call 1-800-468-3785.
This hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent any actual investment performance, price or yield. This illustration shows only catch-up contributions made at the beginning of each year over a 15-year period, and assumes a constant effective annual rate of return of 6% compounded annually. For this purpose, it assumes the allowable catch-up contribution amount remains unchanged at $1,000 and $6,000 for each of the 15 years. Investment returns are not guaranteed and your actual return may vary significantly from that shown.
1"2015 RCS Fact Sheet #1, Retirement Confidence," 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey, Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates.
2Tax-Deferred Annuity, 403(b), 401(k) and Governmental Section 457(b) Plans. Eligible Section 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan participants can make a special catch-up contribution if they are within three years of their normal retirement age. An additional special "catch-up" contribution is available for employees in 403(b) plans with 15 or more years of service with certain nonprofit employers.
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