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Roth IRA conversion
The Roth IRA, introduced in 1997, allows for contributions to be made on an after-tax basis and all gains (or growth) to be distributed completely tax-free. Since then, people with incomes under $100,000 have had the option to convert all or a portion of their existing Traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. Beginning in 2008, participants with funds in eligible employer sponsored plans can also roll those funds directly over to a Roth IRA in a qualified rollover if their income did not exceed the $100,000 threshold. Starting in 2010, all IRA owners and participants in eligible employer sponsored plans, regardless of income level, are eligible to convert their Traditional IRA and pre-tax funds in an employer-sponsored plan [401(a)/(k), 403(b) and governmental 457(b)] to a Roth IRA. Is this a good option for you? A conversion has both advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered before you make a decision. This calculator compares two alternatives with equal out of pocket costs to estimate the change in total net-worth, at retirement, if you convert your Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
Roth IRA calculator
Contributing to a Roth IRA could make a big difference in your retirement savings. There is no tax deduction for contributions made to a Roth IRA; however, all future earnings could be sheltered from taxes, and qualified distributions are tax free, under current tax laws. The Roth IRA can provide truly tax-free growth.
Roth vs Pretax 401(k) or 403(b)
A 401(k) or 403(b) contribution can be an effective retirement tool. As of January 2006, there is another type of 401(k) or 403(b) - the 401(k) or 403(b) Roth. If available in your employer's plan, the 401(k) or 403(b) Roth allows you to contribute to your 401(k) or 403(b) account on an after-tax basis - and pay no taxes on qualifying distributions when the money is withdrawn. For some investors, this could prove to be a better option than contributing on a pre-tax basis, where deposits are subject to taxes when the money is withdrawn. Use this calculator to help determine whether this option would be good for your retirement.
Social Security benefits
Do you wonder how much you might receive in Social Security? Use this calculator to help you estimate your Social Security benefits. Remember, this is only an estimate. Your actual benefits may vary depending on your actual work history and income.
Early withdrawals from retirement accounts The 72(t) Calculator
Internal Revene Code sections 72(t) and 72(q) provide for tax-penalty-free early withdrawals from retirement accounts under certain circumstances. These provisions can allow you to begin receiving money from your retirement accounts before you reach age 591/2 generally without the normal 10% federal early withdrawal tax penalty. Use this calculator to determine your allowable 72(t)/(q) distribution and how it may be able to help fund your early retirement. The IRS rules regarding 72(t)/(q) distributions are complex. Please consult a qualified professional when making decisions about your personal finances. Please note that your financial institution may or may not support all the methods displayed via this calculator.
RMD & stretch IRA calculator
The IRS requires that you withdraw at least a minimum amount, known as a Required Minimum Distribution - from your retirement accounts annually; starting the year you turn age 70-1/2. Use this calculator to help determine how you can stretch out your payments for as long as possible.
Retirement contribution effects on your paycheck
An employer-sponsored retirement savings account could be one of your best tools for creating a secure retirement. It provides two important advantages. First, all contributions and earnings are tax-deferred. You only pay taxes on contributions and earnings when the money is withdrawn. Second, many employers provide matching contributions to your account, which can range from 0% to 100% of your contributions. Use this calculator to see how increasing your contributions to a 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plan can affect your paycheck as well as your retirement savings. This calculator uses the 2016 withholding schedules, rules and rates (IRS Publication 15).
Do you know what it takes to work towards a secure retirement? Use this calculator to help you create your retirement plan. View your retirement savings balance and your withdrawals for each year until the end of your retirement. Social security is calculated on a sliding scale based on your income. Including a non-working spouse in your plan increases your social security benefits up to, but not over, the maximum.