Through her 30s, our individual who makes $50,000 annually will take home $36,000. Through her 40s, our individual who makes $60,000 annually will take home $43,200. Through her 50s, our individual who makes $70,000 annually will take home $50,400.
Based on these figures, we will attempt to shape the IRA contributions. Right now, the highest contribution for savers under the age of 50 is $5,500 per year. Hopefully, through her 20s our individual has saved $5,500 that she can deposit into her brand-new Roth IRA. Because of how contributions work, you can actually make deposits into your Roth for the previous calendar year, up until mid-April of the current year.
That may seem a little confusing. Basically, if it's March 2013, for example, you can make up to $5,500 in deposits to your Roth IRA for 2012, while still being able to contribute the full $5,500 for 2013 as well. Essentially, it opens your savings window to 16 months rather than 12.
To see how our guinea pig investor does on her long-term savings goals,
read part II of this article
. The results are fascinating!
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