By Kim Bubet
Filing ones taxes is a ritual, which we all must comply. While it can be a stressful event, with the proper planning, it can be rewarding too. Did you know that 401K and IRA contributions could significantly, reduce your tax burden?
A 401K plan is an employer offered, retirement investment plan. If you happen to work for an employer who offers a 401K plan as an employee benefit, it’s a good idea to get enrolled as soon as possible.
Here are some benefits to participating in a 401K plan:
Vesting does not affect employee contributions, or the monies you contribute, and should not affect your decision to participant in your employers plan. This is a great way to start saving. Before you know it, you will be surprised at the balance of your plan.
If your employer does not offer a 401K plan, don’t sweat it, you can open an IRA and your contributions can receive some of the same tax advantages as a 401K. Now you’ll just have to decide between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA.
Kim Bubet, a New Jersey native now living in Virginia, holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University. He has over 12 years of financial services experience in the large market 401K arenas, cash management and retail investment management.
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