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DEADLINE: Switching from a SIMPLE IRA plan to a 401k

So here are the numbers for 2015: If a company currently has a SIMPLE IRA plan, the employee can defer up to $12,500/yr., plus an additional $3,000 if they are over age 50. The employer can choose to make a 2% non-elective contribution (more about this at the IRS website ) or match employee contributions, up to 3% of compensationSIMPLE IRA Summary: The absolute maximum combined employer and employee contribution is $31,000   In a variation of a 401k plan, you can defer up to $18,000,  plus an additional $6,000 if you are over age 50. Employers can contribute additional funds, such as matching contributions and profit sharing.401k Summary: The absolute maximum combined employer and employee contribution is $59,000   This can all be fully tax deductible if you wish.   For those that have a SIMPLE IRA plan in place now, and want to switch to a 401k, here are items to consider: ...
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NerdWallet: Maximizing Contributions

imageI am 32 and max out my retirement savings every year through 401k and IRA. I also save an equivalent amount that I put into savings/investment accounts. How should I think about trading off between maximizing my contributions to retirement accounts versus putting less in my retirement accounts so I have more liquid assets to put towards a downpayment? The bottom line is my net worth is now divided equally between liquid and illiquid (retirement) accounts. I would like to buy property, and I need more cash for a downpayment on my dream home.   2 people found this answer helpful Shaun Erickson CFP® Boston, MA It's all about priorities.  If the dream home is a priority for you, you will need to calculate out how long it will take you to get there under your current savings plan vs. how long it will take you if you diverted funds from retirement savings.  The...
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