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Decreasing My Take-Home Pay So That I Can Maximize My Retirement Contributions

I recently adjusted the amount of money that I ‘take-home’ so that I can maximize my 403b contributions for 2007.  The maximum contribution amount for 2007 is $15,500.  In January, I elected to have $1000 per month contributed to my 403b, but in mid-June I decided that I needed to adjust my contributions.  So, my monthly paychecks for July – December will be $583.33 less.  ($3500 / 6 months = $583.33)

This additional contribution of $3500 should save me $875+ in income taxes for 2007.  (I’m in the 25% tax bracket.)  So, by maxing out my contribution for 2007, my total tax savings should be approximately $3825. ($15,500 * 25% = $3825)

I’ve already managed to fully-fund my Roth IRA for 2007 and I’m working on my fully-funding my wife’s Roth IRA.  By fully-funding multiple types of retirement account, I can diversify my investments AND my tax risks.  The 403b will grow “tax-deferred”and the Roth IRAs will grow “tax-free”.

I’m working very, very hard to save $48,000 in various retirement and savings accounts.  This adjustment was partially “planned-for”.  In other words, when I created my $48000 goal, I had hopes that I could adjust my paycheck and fully-fund my 403b.  So, this adjustment keeps me on track to meet my goal.

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