Money put into retirement plans, political campaigns or charities are known as contributions. Questions here may be around the limits of how much one can contribute in various situations to various plans they may access.

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Max up HSA contribution for 2013

I and my employer made less than $3250 contribution to my HSA in 2013. I heard that I could still make contribution for 2013 before 4/15/2014. If this is true, and I deposit my personal money to HSA ...
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How to diversify IRA portfolio given fund minimum investments and IRA contribution limits?

I recently opened a Roth IRA. Most of the funds at the fund company (Vanguard) have a minimum initial investment of $3000. The IRA contribution limit is $5500. This means I can only buy into one ...
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Already did my taxes for the year 2013 and received my return. Can I still contribute to my Roth IRA for the year 2013?

So I already did my taxes this year and received my return. I am curious if I am still able to contribute to my Roth IRA for the 2013 year even after having done so, as I understand you can contribute ...
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What are the exact catch-up IRA contribution age 50 limit rules?

If a person will turn 50 in the current tax year, can they make a catch-up IRA contribution for that tax year before they turn 50? Also, one site I found said age 50 1/2, so is it 50 or 50.5 years ...
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Is an in-kind transfer of existing shares into a Stocks and Shares ISA allowed, i.e. without selling + repurchasing?

Normally, the way to fund a Stocks and Shares ISA is to transfer money in, taking care to stay below the annual limit, and then purchase the stocks or funds from within the ISA. What happens, though, ...
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Why do employers require you to spread your 401(k) contributions throughout the year to get the maximum match?

I think the title says it all. I can't see any reason employers have to incentivize employees to contribute to their 401(k) evenly throughout the year. Instead couldn't they use a relatively simple ...
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Employer limits total 401K contribution to below IRS max. How can we max out our pre-tax contributions?

It looks like my wife's employer is limiting her 401K contributions to 15% of her salary. This means we cannot max out the $17.5K contribution limit set by the IRS. Say her salary is $70K and we are ...
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Contributing to a Roth IRA while income tax filing status is “Married Filing Separately”?

Most of 2013 I was married, though there was a portion of the year that I was single. Because my spouse and I have unusual work situations (mixture of self-employment, business ownership, and ...
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How are HSA contribution limits calculated when filing taxes jointly?

My wife and I both have HSA accounts, which we intend to max out. We are not dependents on either's accounts not any other dependents in each of the accounts. We also can easily max out the single ...
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When a 401k plan cites a percentage of salary, e.g. for matching, is it pre-tax, or post?

Referring to How 401(k) plans work: What does "pre-tax" really mean? Let's do the math to see the advantage of pre-tax saving. For example, you may decide you want to put $200 into your ...
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Initial investment limit for an HSA? An IRA?

A fairly simple question but I had troubles finding the answer. (Apologies if the answer is well-known.) HSAs have a yearly contribution limit, as do IRAs. However, is there a maximum limit for the ...
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Donations for a new computer taxation help?

I make music on youtube and my equipment is not the greatest. I would like to accept paypal contributions to help me get a better equipment. my question is do i need to declare these donations in my ...
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Why has the contribution limit for IRAs increased so much over the years?

According to Wikipedia the maximum contribution rate for a Roth IRA was 2000 dollars in 1998. In 2013 the contribution limit was 5500 dollars. This appears to be an increase of a little less than 7% ...
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Can I contribute my existing Treasury Bills into a Roth IRA?

Let's say I have paper 30yr treasury bills sitting in a safe that don't mature for 9 years. Can I place those bills into a Roth IRA? If so, are they valued against my contribution limit at face ...
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Does it make sense to max out contributions earlier in the year?

Let's say a person is making regular monthly contributions to his/her Roth IRA, HSA, and 401K with employer match, up to annual limits. All contributions are put into index funds. Assuming this person ...
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Can I make a final RRSP contribution after moving to the U.S.?

I moved from Canada to the U.S. (California) in August 2013. I am wondering whether I can make one final contribution to my RRSP account for the 2013 tax year (transferring between Canadian accounts) ...
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100% Contribution to 401K / Payroll Taxes

This is actually a followup question to a previous post: Tax implications for a 100% 401k contribution limit I mistakenly posted it there first as an answer. I'm new here ... Sorry! My question ...
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How are employer matched contributions handled in rollover from Roth 401k to Roth IRA?

I recently asked this question: Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year? In there, one of the answers pointed out that employer 401k contributions ...
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Will I face withdrawal penalties if my payroll processing company reverses an incorrect 401K contribution?

In my last paycheck, the payroll processing made an error and deducted an extra amount for the 401K from the paycheck. I caught it as soon as I checked the paycheck, but by the time someone got to the ...
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Over contribution to 401K between two employers, and maximizing employer match? [duplicate]

I have a situation like this: I worked for an employer this year from January to May and contributed $14,500 to my 401K. There was no matching from this employer. In mid-May time frame, I changed ...
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How to calculate tax amounts withheld on mixed pre-tax and Roth 401(k) contributions, and match?

My employer matches dollar for dollar up to 6% in our 401k. For simplicity's sake, I'll speak in round fictional numbers: So suppose my traditional 401k contribution has been $600/month, and the ...
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Move self-directed RRSP account to another institution while avoiding transfer out fee?

I'd like to move my self-directed RRSP account from one institution to another. My current broker charges the common $125 for transfer out using the T2033. To avoid this fee, I'm considering ...
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Can you replace Roth IRA contributions that you withdrew? [duplicate]

If I withdraw my Roth IRA contributions from previous years, is it possible to ever replace that money in the Roth IRA?
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Can I still deduct contributions to my Traditional IRA?

I worked as a consultant on W2 from January 2012 until October 2012. My company did not offer any 401k. In November 2012, I got a full time job and the new company offered a 401K and enrolled me in ...
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401k Catch up Provision - Limits on timing?

My girlfriend, a Highly Compensated Employee (HCE rules in effect), has her 401k contributions in check by her plan and HR. However, she is also 50+, thus eligible for the Catch Up provision for $5500 ...
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401k Contributions + Employer Match be greater than Maximum Contribution?

This year, 401k contributions are capped at $17,000 per person. So let's say somebody contributes this amount and is matched maybe 8% by their employer each contribution period. Can the total amount ...
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HSA qualification and contributing with multiple HDHPs?

So I've read the IRS publications and I'm still kind of confused. I have single coverage on my employer's health plan with a qualified HDHP and along with an HSA. This is pretty clear cut. I am ...
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Toward which year would an end-of-the-year 401k contribution apply?

Hypothetically, if a person's pay period ends on Dec 31st 2012, and they get that paycheck the next week (as in, 2013), which year's contribution limit would any 401k contribution be applied toward?
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Should I contribute to my RRSP or wait?

I am Canadian and I have a large amount of RRSP contribution room. I do have money to contribute, but I will have no taxable income this year. Should I make my RRSP contributions now, or save the ...
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Contribute to both a SEP IRA and solo Roth 401(k)?

I am self employed in a business venture. Could I theoretically contribute to a SEP IRA where the maximum contribution is $50,000 and to a Solo Roth 401k where the max contribution is $17,500? I ...
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IRA tax events and making the maximum contribution

I have a predicament: I planned to contribute the max of $5000 pretax dollars into my IRA, and I am receiving a distribution from someone else's IRA that I was the beneficiary of. I instructed this ...
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Mandatory 401k contributions when a company's plan provider changes?

My company is changing 401K providers. I know I must rollover my funds from the original co. to the new 401K provider, but I did not want to contribute any additional monthly monies to the new plan. ...
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How should I be contributing to my 401(k), traditional or Roth?

My company just started offering an 401k plan in place of a Simple IRA. I am able to contribute into my 401k two different ways, traditional or roth. From the way I understand it, traditional ...
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Why is there such disparity of max contribution limits between 401K accounts and regular IRA accounts?

In 2011, regular IRA accounts allowed only $5,000 maximum contribution, while 401K accounts allowed up to $16,500. Why is there such a disparity? Why do tax advantages favor employees of large ...
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Are 401(k) contribution limits for employee & employer separate? What about hitting the limit?

I am glad to see this forum. I have been reading a lot and have some questions about me specifically. I am 29 years old and have a 401(k) already with my company. I just started contributing 10% to ...
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How feasible would it be to retire just maxing out a Roth IRA?

How feasible would it be to retire on just maxed out Roth IRA contributions each year? Obviously this depends very much on how old you are when you start, and your living expenses when you retire. ...
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Can I elect for a deductible Traditional IRA contribution to be treated as non-deductible?

I made a $6k contribution to a traditional IRA in December 2010 for tax year 2010. I filed my tax return and incorrectly listed the contribution as a Roth contribution. Can I amend my tax return to ...
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401(k) contribution limits & job change: How to prevent over-contributing at new employer?

My wife is changing jobs, and we are trying to figure out how to deal with her 401(k) contributions. She contributes the maximum allowed, and depends on her employer to stop deducting when the limit ...
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Do contributions made to an “involuntary 401(a)” count against the limit for a Roth IRA?

At work I pay into an "involuntary 401(a)" retirement plan. I'd like to also open up a Roth IRA on my own. Do the contributions I make through my work plan count against the $5000/year limit on the ...
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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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How much should I be contributing to my 401k given my employer's contribution?

I realize that this is similar to at least one question here, however, there are some differentiators. I can contribute a max of 5% of my net salary to the 401k fund. The employer matches 50% of ...
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Do traditional and Roth 401k have the same annual contribution limit?

According to everything I can find, the annual contribution limit for both traditional and Roth 401k is the same ($16500 in 2010). Since the Roth is post-tax, doesn't that mean I can save more for ...
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What happens if TFSA contribution limits are exceeded?

When CRA says the annual limit for a TFSA is $5000, what does it mean? What happens if I put in $6000. The gains will be taxed? How exactly? Divide the gains by 1/6, then tax the 1/6 part???
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Can I withdraw Roth 401k contributions penalty-free before age 59.5?

I know that with a Roth IRA, contributions can be withdrawn penalty-free at any time. If I rollover a Roth 401k into a Roth IRA, can I do the same with the contributions made to the Roth 401k? I've ...
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Who keeps track of my contributions to my Roth IRA?

Since withdrawals up to the amount you contributed in a Roth IRA are tax and penalty free, who keeps track of that amount? I've transferred my Roth IRA from one broker to another so the new broker ...
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U.S. Citizen's Roth IRA contributions by a resident of a foreign country

I have been living abroad for several years now, but while I was in the States, I started a Roth IRA. I would like to start contributing again, but I'm not sure how exactly to go about it. My salary ...
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Traditional IRA taxes: Are withdrawals of contributions taxed different than earnings?

Are the contributions to a traditional IRA taxed differently than the earnings when withdrawn and/or are they both considered taxable income when withdrawn? And at what rate? Capital gain or regular ...
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How do I determine how much money to put into pre-tax and post-tax retirement accounts?

Is there a good rule of thumb for determining how much money to put into each type of account? I'm not at a point where I can max both my 401k, my ROTH IRA, and my wife's ROTH IRA, so I'd like to know ...
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Can you recharacterize a Roth 401(k) contribution?

I understand that you can recharacterize Roth IRA contributions back into traditional IRA contributions by the next April 15, if you change your mind and decide it would make sense. Then you won't owe ...
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Should I try to max contribute to my Roth IRA asap?

Assuming that I can afford it: should I try to max contribute ($5k) to my Roth IRA as soon as possible in the tax year or break up the contributions evenly throughout the year?