Spouses saving for an eventual retirement during their working years often have different timelines for leaving the corporate world behind. While a difference in retirement dates essentially eliminates one income stream and helps couples ease slowly into their golden years, careful advance planning can go a long way to ensuring their financial goals stay on track. Following are three tips that soon-to-be retirees should consider.
The spouse who continues to work should continue to contribute to his or her retirement savings account, including a 401(k), for which participants over the age of 50 can contribute an additional $6,000 per year above the $18,500 maximum for 2018. In addition, the working spouse may contribute in 2018 up to $5,500, or $6,500 for individuals age 50, to the non-working spouse’s IRA when they file joint tax returns and meet other income requirements. However, the tax deduction the working spouse can receive for the contribution to the non-working spouse’s IRA may not be available based on his or her adjusted gross income.
The longer a retiree waits to claim Social Security benefits, the larger the amount he or she will receive. When possible, non-working spouses should postpone collecting Social Security until they are 70 years old in order to receive the largest possible monthly benefits. However, this may not be financially viable for some couples nor may it make sense when either spouse has significant health issues. At a minimum, a retired spouse should try to wait until age 67 to receive 85 percent of his or her full benefit.
Even when couples stagger their retirement years, it is important that they do not lose sight of their expenses. Despite the freedom that retirement brings, the activities and experiences for which retirees hope to spend those golden years are rarely free. Couples should instead project and estimate a budget that will allow them to enjoy retirement without living beyond their means and squandering their hard-earned savings.
About the Author: Lee F. Hediger is a co-founding director and chief compliance officer with Provenance Wealth Advisors, an Independent Registered Investment Advisor affiliated with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, and a registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services. For more information, call (954) 712-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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