A 401(k) contribution can be an effective retirement tool. As of January 2006, there is a new type of 401(k) – the Roth 401(k). The Roth 401(k) allows you to contribute to your 401(k) account on an after-tax basis – and pay no taxes on qualifying distributions when the money is withdrawn. For some investors, this could prove to be a better option than contributing on a pre-tax basis, where deposits are subject to taxes when the money is withdrawn. Use this calculator to help determine the best option for your retirement.
While this calculator can provide you with some insight, it was developed to be very general and may not fit everyone’s personal situation. Please feel free to contact our office after using this calculator so that we can perform a more thorough analysis.
It is important to note that some employees are subject to another form of contribution limits. Employees classified as “Highly Compensated” may be subject to contribution limits based on their employer’s overall 401(k) participation. If you expect your salary to be $115,000 or more in 2012 or was $115,000 or more in 2011, you may need to contact your employer to see if these additional contribution limits apply to you.
It is important to remember that these scenarios are hypothetical and that future rates of return can’t be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are generally subject to higher risk and volatility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index and the compounded rate of return noted above does not reflect sales charges and other fees that funds and/or investment companies may charge.
|Filing Status and Income Tax Rates 2012|
|Tax rate||Married filing jointly
or qualified widow(er)
|Single||Head of household||Married filing separately|
|10%||$0 – 17,400||$0 – 8,700||$0 – $12,400||$0 – 8,700|
|15%||$17,400 – 70,700||$8,700 – 35,350||$12,400 – 47,350||$8,700 – 35,350|
|25%||$70,700 – 142,700||$35,350 – 85,650||$47,350 – 122,300||$35,350 – 71,350|
|28%||$142,700 – 217,450||$85,650 – 178,650||$122,300 – 198,050||$71,350 – 108,725|
|33%||$217,450 – 388,350||$178,650 – 388,350||$198,050 – 388,350||$108,725 – 194,175|
|35%||over $388,350||over $388,350||over $388,350||over $194,175|
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