The IRS just released the inflation adjusted retirement plans maximum contribution amounts for 2023, and the increases are dramatic. So, this may be the time to start considering funding a retirement plan if you don’t currently have one. If you are already contributing to a tax-favored retirement plan and are looking for ways to increase your annual contribution, these inflation increases will be good news.
Here’s a rundown on the various tax-favored retirement plans available and the inflation adjustments pertaining to each.
The Social Security Administration recently announced that Social Security beneficiaries will get an 8.7% increase to their benefits in 2023. Thanks to the current high inflation this is the highest increase in 40 years, and the second year in a row that there’s been a substantial increase, 5.9% in 2022 and now 8.7% for 2023. The table below reflects the COLA benefits going back to 1976. As you will note, the COLA increases have been relatively stable in recent years except for 2008.
The Social Security Administration will mail notices to Social Security beneficiaries during the month of December letting them know what their 2023 benefit will be. The COLA adjustment will boost retirees’ monthly payments by an average of $146 to an estimated average of$1,827 per month for 2023.
That is an important question because the actual money you have to spend when you retire depends upon the after-tax sources of your retirement income. Thus it is important to understand how the various retirement vehicles are taxed. There is significant diversity in taxation since a retiree must consider both Federal and state taxes on retirement income. Of all the states one might consider retiring to, there are eight that have no state income tax. These are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. However, to make up for no revenue from individual income taxes these states may be funded by other types of taxes, such as property taxes, sales taxes, or excise taxes.