Have you heard of The Saver’s Credit?
The Saver’s Credit is a little-known tax credit that is generally available to participants who contribute to retirement plans. In addition to offering automatic enrollment and generous matching contributions to encourage retirement plan participation, employers can increase awareness to help improve participation and salary deferrals.
The Saver’s Credit is in addition to 3 other tax advantages available when saving for retirement:
- Tax-Deductible Contributions
- Tax-Deferred Earnings
- Tax-Free Withdrawals
An Extra Tax Advantage
That’s right it’s an extra tax advantage to save for retirement. Not only is it in addition to the other tax advantages, but a credit is much more powerful than a deduction because a deduction reduces your income and then you’re taxed.
A tax credit comes after your taxes are calculated. Then it reduces the tax you owe, dollar for dollar.
But THIS tax advantage is only for lower-income earners.
Americans are not saving enough for retirement and the problem is worse for lower-income earners so this is an additional incentive to save.
3 Step Action Plan
Here’s a 3-step Action Plan to help your employees save more for retirement.
- Awareness. Give them a short summary of their options like this one from the IRS.
- Education: Distribute the video above to your employees or book a meeting with a 401k advisor to explain the options in person.
- Auto-enrollment: A feature you can add to your 401k plan that automatically enrolls employees into your plan so they can start building wealth, save money on taxes, and possibly qualify for the Savers Credit.
Want more information on the Saver’s Credit? Download our Saver’s Credit guide here.
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