Catch-Up Contribution

Business / Taxes / Catch-Up Contribution: You are entitled to make an annual catch-up contribution to your employer sponsored retirement savings plan and individual retirement account (IRA) if you’re 50 or older. The catch-up amounts, which are larger for employer plans than for IRAs, increase from time to time based on the rate of inflation. You are eligible to make catch-up contributions whether or not you have contributed the maximum amount you were eligible for in the past. And if you participate in an employer plan and also put money in an IRA, you are entitled to use both catch-up options. Earnings on catch-up contributions accumulate tax deferred, just as other earnings in your account do. And when your primary contributions are tax deferred, so are your catch-up contributions. Health savings accounts (HSAs), which you’re eligible to open if you have a high deductible health plan (HDHP), allow catch-up contributions if you’re at least 55. Your eligibility to make any contributions to an HSA ends when you turn 65.

Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)

Business / Taxes / Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA): The Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) is the federal law that requires employers to withhold 6.2% from their employees' paychecks, up to an annual earnings cap. Employers must match employee w MORE

Expected Family Contribution

Life Style / College / Expected Family Contribution: The amount of money a student and his or her family can contribute toward college costs. The student's FAFSA and/or the colleges' financial aid form determine this. MORE

After-Tax Contribution

Business / Taxes / After-Tax Contribution: An after-tax contribution, or excess deferral, is money you put into your 401(k) or other employer sponsored retirement savings plan in addition to your pretax contribution. You might make an after-ta MORE

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