Retirement 101

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What is it? Your employer’s retirement savings plan is a defined contribution plan designed to help you finance your retirement. As a participant in the plan, you own an individual account within the plan that you contribute money to for your retirement.

What are the limits? For the year 2018, you can contribute a total of $18,500 towards your retirement plan. Individuals age 50 and over can contribute an additional $6,000.

Salary deferral advantages. Participating in your company’s retirement savings plan allows you the benefit of saving via payroll deduction on a tax deferred basis. Every dollar you save goes directly into your retirement savings account. Tax deferral on both savings and asset growth via payroll deduction helps you save more money and pay less tax upon distribution at retirement.

Tax deferred growth. Not being taxed on the growth of your assets helps accumulation during your working years. With your qualified retirement savings plan you not only defer taxes on the amount you save, but earnings on your savings is also tax deferred until distribution.

Employer contributions. Employer contributions, if offered, help you accumulate assets for retirement and can add considerably to your retirement account balance. You are also not taxed on your employer’s contributions until distribution. As an example, if you employer contributes say, 25 percent on your contribution, that is the equivalent of earning a 25 percent return on that portion of your contribution, in addition to whatever return your investment generates.

Portability. If you change employers at some point in your career, you typically can keep your assets in the current plan, roll your assets over to your new employer’s plan or roll your assets into an IRA.

How SDM can help?
The SDM Advisors Retirement Service was created to support senior management with design, implementation and maintenance of a retirement plan. We understand the importance of providing meaningful retirement benefits to your employees while maximizing your tax benefits. At SDM, we are your trusted financial advisors, taking the time to fully assess your potential investments and verifying that you are within the set boundaries at all times. As trusted advisors, the Retirement Service at SDM incorporates investment guidance and consultation services not only for senior management, but employee and/or participant consultative support as well. Contact Jeff Stephens for more information.


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