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The Pittsburg Tribue-Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Gail MarksJarvis

Posted on 02/24/2014 2:15:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

If you have a modest income, you've probably been asking yourself how you will ever be able to find the money to start saving.

So here it is: Provided your income is low enough, the federal government will pay you to stash money away for your retirement — giving you as much as $1,000.

The deal comes through what's known as the “saver's credit.” You can find it buried in the tax return you do each year, and if you use the free tax preparation software the government gives people with incomes below $58,000, locating the saver's credit will be fairly easy. The “Free File” software is available at IRS.gov.

I suggest using the software, because paper forms make finding and using the saver's credit more difficult than finding Waldo on a book page. Even finding the name in tax materials will be perplexing, because the government uses two other names for the saver's credit. On the 1040 form, look for “Retirement Savings Contribution Credit,” and, on Form 8880, look for “Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions,” said Catherine Collinson, president of Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. You won't find the saver's credit on the 1040EZ form.

Hunting for this credit is worth the extra effort.

The saver's credit is available to individuals with incomes less than $29,500 and couples with incomes less than $59,000, and the benefit depends on your income. Go to http://1.usa.gov/1dkeGik. The typical credit is about $200 for couples and about $122 for individuals. To qualify, you have to save for retirement either through a 401(k) or similar retirement savings plan at work, or through a new or existing individual retirement account.

Although you might think saving is impossible given your bills, the found money may make it possible. Consider a nurse whom Texas certified public accountant and financial planner Jerry Love advised. With an income of almost $32,000, she would have thought the saver's credit was outside her reach. But Love had her put $2,500 into an IRA, where she will save for her retirement years from now on.

By reporting on her tax return that she was putting $2,500 into an IRA, she got a deduction that brought her income just below the $29,500 maximum allowed for the saver's credit. Immediately, that cut her taxes by $375. Then she got a saver's credit of $250.

In other words, the government gives her $625 to save for her future. So she can save a total of $2,500 for retirement but needs to come up with only $1,875 out of pocket.

When people don't have the full $2,500, or some lesser amount, available to deposit immediately in an IRA, they use tax filing deadlines to their advantage. They report on their taxes what they will deposit in an IRA, then file their taxes long before the April 15 deadline for IRA contributions. When the tax refund arrives, they use that money to fund their IRA fully — just as they reported on their tax return — by April 15.

You don't have to put $2,500 into an IRA. Even $50 would do at a brokerage firm such as Scottrade or Charles Schwab.

The nurse in Love's example put in $2,500 so she could get her income down to the level needed to get the saver's credit. If she retires in 40 years, the $1,875 she took out of her pocket, plus the money from the government, will end up giving her about $54,000 for retirement.

And if she stashed another $2,500 a year into the IRA for the next 40 years, she could end up with almost $700,000.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: governmentstash; irs; retirement; savings
Teachers' Union Fat Cats

AFL-CIO Announces Commitment to Promote Large-Scale Infrastructure Investments ....."AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

We at the AFL-CIO believe that together, with our partners in business and government, we can profitably invest at least $10 billion in workers’ capital over the next five years in public infrastructure projects to make America more competitive and energy-efficient.

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AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades President Mark Ayers will announce the initiative at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting and describe the partnership with investors, the government and businesses.".....

Obama changes rhetoric to try to sell Congress on transportation spending (new bank)......."It’s a little more surprising that the president would avoid the word “infrastructure,” especially since a key part of the president’s plan would be to spend $10 billion to create a national infrastructure bank.

Obama says the bank would leverage private and public capital and invest in a broad range of projects to improve the nation’s rapidly eroding transportation network.".....

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“The nation[U.S.] has over $2 trillion in infrastructure and social needs, and there is over $3 trillion in public sector pension funds,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and the leader of a group of public sector unions in the A.F.L.-C.I.O. that is studying the issue. “The question is, are there financially prudent ways to invest working men’s and women’s capital to create jobs and rebuild America’s infrastructure?”

................A.F.L.-C.I.O. officials said they also hoped their plan would help persuade Congress to create a National Infrastructure Bank or a program similar to the expired Build America Bonds program, in which the federal government subsidized bonds issued by states and municipalities to finance bridges, airports or other infrastructure. While labor unions and many Democrats support such measures to create jobs, many Republicans oppose them because they will increase federal spending."......[end excerpt] Source

1 posted on 02/24/2014 2:15:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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As 'Retirement Gap' Concerns Reach Across Partisan Divide, Senators Propose Savings Solutions "When President Barack Obama introduced a new retirement savings plan during his State of the Union speech last month, the Republican response was uncharacteristically muted. Although Republicans were upset about the president’s new reliance on executive authority to push his agenda, they had few harsh words about the details of the retirement idea.

Dubbed MyRA, Obama’s initiative is intended to allow workers who do not have access to other workplace savings plans to open an account overseen by the government that would invest in low-risk Treasury bonds. It’s a relatively modest proposal, one that would be entirely voluntary for employers and employees and would only guarantee low returns to minimize risk. "

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Dubbed MyRA, Obama’s initiative is intended to allow workers who do not have access to other workplace savings plans to open an account overseen by the government that would invest in low-risk Treasury bonds. It’s a relatively modest proposal, one that would be entirely voluntary for employers and employees and would only guarantee low returns to minimize risk.

EUROPE Considers Wholesale Savings Confiscation, Enforced Redistribution "......................The solution? "The Commission will ask the bloc's insurance watchdog in the second half of this year for advice on a possible draft law "to mobilize more personal pension savings for long-term financing", the document said."

Mobilize, once again, is a more palatable word than, say, confiscate.

And yet this is precisely what Europe is contemplating:

Banks have complained they are hindered from lending to the economy by post-crisis rules forcing them to hold much larger safety cushions of capital and liquidity.

The document said the "appropriateness" of the EU capital and liquidity rules for long-term financing will be reviewed over the next two years, a process likely to be scrutinized in the United States and elsewhere to head off any risk of EU banks gaining an unfair advantage.

But wait: there's more!"

Inspired by the recently introduced "no risk, guaranteed return" collectivized savings instrument in the US better known as MyRA, Europe will also complete a study by the end of this year on the feasibility of introducing an EU savings account, open to individuals whose funds could be pooled and invested in small companies.

Because when corporations refuse to invest money in Capex, who will invest? Why you, dear Europeans. Whether you like it or not.

But wait, there is still more!.........."

2 posted on 02/24/2014 2:24:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Political decisions to allocate capital, rather than financial-based decision making. Never has worked in the whole of human history, and never will.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 2:36:35 AM PST by abb
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
FREE CASH?

Socialist never stop with other peoples money.
Until they run out.
We are almost to that point.

5 posted on 02/24/2014 2:45:39 AM PST by DeaconRed (ZERO: Money For Nothing KING: The little faggot has his own jet airplane. He is a millionaire! !)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In other words, the government gives her $625 to save for her future.

The benevolent government gives free money. Feel the love.

6 posted on 02/24/2014 3:20:07 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: DeaconRed

“In other words, the government gives her $625 to save for her future.”

I love how they’ve turned “not taking $625 of her own money” into a “gift” from the government.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 3:25:52 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is inflation thrusted on taxpayers. Just like cash for clunkers abnormally kept car prices high for those impoverished by taxes.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 3:58:34 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Indeed. Socialism is turning government into a provider cult racketeering those not belonging to it or those turned out by the program.

666 mark of the beast is fascism


9 posted on 02/24/2014 4:00:25 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for IRS post........


10 posted on 02/24/2014 4:46:15 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: lavaroise; All

“guaranteed” funds...Huh. Just like if I liked my health insurance, I could keep it. Hmm. Sure, I’ll sign up for that (Not!).

“Don’t look behind the curtain, there’s nothing to see, I am the great and powerful Ozbama!”


11 posted on 02/24/2014 5:38:10 AM PST by PenguinM
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To: NautiNurse

If its legal, take advantage of it! Only a fool leaves money on the table.

And if the IRS helps you finance your future retirement, its worth it because Social Security won’t be around forever.

Sometimes... that gift horse is really a gift horse!


12 posted on 02/24/2014 5:43:35 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What is the House number of the bill that authorized this spending of the taxpayers dollars?

Outrageous.

Y’all had enough?


13 posted on 02/24/2014 6:02:41 AM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: goldstategop; Cincinatus' Wife

If its legal, take advantage of it! Only a fool leaves money on the table.

14 posted on 02/24/2014 6:18:49 AM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Old Sarge

Only a fool participates knowing the dealer is using a stacked deck.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 6:23:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

16 posted on 02/24/2014 6:30:42 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You know another game, let’s hear it.

And no, we will not win back the Senate, what else are you selling?


17 posted on 02/24/2014 6:40:47 AM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: goldstategop
If its legal, take advantage of it! Only a fool leaves money on the table.

Do the recipients of this benevolent government largesse pay more in federal taxes than they receive in tax refunds and incentives? If not, then I am financing my own retirement and retirement for 49% of the U.S. population who do not pay taxes.

Beware of government gifts. Who is the fool?

18 posted on 02/24/2014 7:22:15 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
Just like the nimrods who are convinced the government is giving them money with a tax refund even if they don't qualify for the earned income credit freebie.

I plan my deductions so that every year I am either getting or paying in the low to mid three figure range. So a tax refund isn't something that I either count on or look forward to, but a payment is something I don't dread all that much either.

19 posted on 02/24/2014 8:29:48 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Only a fool participates knowing the dealer is using a stacked deck.

Unfortunately, most of us are forced to participate at gunpoint.

20 posted on 02/24/2014 8:31:19 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lavaroise

I could never really believe 700,000 vehicles out of a total population of 254,000,000 (.27%) made much difference.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 8:34:16 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

I guess it does to campaign financing dealerships involved. The whole thing was just one time sham to show him as the savior doing something. Dangerous are RINOs who make these things long term programs.


22 posted on 02/24/2014 4:12:03 PM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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