Your Year End Financial Checkup – Part One

As 2010 comes to an end and 2011 gets underway, it’s a great time for a financial check-up and review of your financial situation. Following are some items to consider:

Take a look at your current budget and savings plan and make adjustments as necessary.

Review current IRS Guidelines, such as contributions to your employer retirement plans and other retirement accounts. The maximum contribution to a 401(k), 403(b) or 457 Plan in 2010 and 2011 is $16,500 and taxpayers age 50 and older may make “catch-up” contributions of an additional $5,500. The maximum contribution to a SIMPLE IRA Plan in 2010 2011 is $11,500 with a “catch-up” contribution of $2,500 for taxpayers age 50 and older. The maximum contribution to Traditional and Roth IRAs is $5,000 in 2010 and 2011, contributions are subject to eligibility requirement based on Adjusted Gross Income. Taxpayers age 50 and older may make “catch-up” contributions to Traditional and Roth IRAs of $1,000. Please note: You have until April 15th, 2011 to make a year 2010 contribution to your IRA or Roth IRA if you qualify.

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