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Contribute more to your 401(k) in 2009

Posted by Cheryl Costa  November 7, 2008 09:34 AM

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Good news! The limits on several retirement plans are due to increase in 2009. Be sure you visit your payroll/benefits office to sign up for the maximum contribution permitted.

In 2009, you can contribute $16,500 to your 401(k). That is $1,000 higher than in 2008. If you are age 50 or higher, you will be able to contribute $22,000 - an increase of $1,500. These increased limits also apply to 403(b) plans and 457 plans.

Unfortunately, there are no increases in the amounts you are able to contribute to traditional and Roth IRAs. Those limits remain at $5,000 and $6,000 if you are age 50 or older.

While these increased limits are good news, there is also some bad "tax news" to throw into the mix. That bad news comes in the form of a higher Social Security wage base in 2009. In 2009, wages up to $106,800 will be subject to 6.2 percent in FICA taxes and 1.45 percent in Medicare taxes. In 2008, the limit was $102,000 so this increased limit causes an extra $298 tax bill for employees.

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