If you are 50 or older, or you will reach age 50 by the end of the year, you may be able to make contributions to your IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan above the normal contribution limit.
Catch-up contributions are designed to help you make up any retirement savings shortfall by bumping up the amount you can save in the years leading up to retirement. Catch-up contributions can be made to traditional and Roth IRAs, as well as to 401(k) plans and certain other employer-sponsored retirement plans. But if you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, check plan rules — not all plans allow catch-up contributions.
How much can you contribute as a catch-up contribution? It depends on the type of retirement plan you have and the tax year for which you are making the contribution.
401(k), 403(b), governmental 457(b) plans:*
- $19,500 regular annual contribution limit and $6,500 catch-up contribution limit in 2021
- $13,500 regular annual contribution limit and $3,000 catch-up contribution limit in 2021
Traditional and Roth IRAs:
- $6,000 regular annual contribution limit and $1,000 catch-up contribution limit in 2021
*403(b) and 457(b) plans also have special catch-up rules that may apply.
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