Milestones 2022

As we close the books on 2021, we wanted to outline several contribution limits and age milestones which will present potential planning opportunities for 2022:


Common Contribution Limits


  • Traditional & Roth IRA’s – staying at $6,000/yr; catch up contribution of $1,000/yr for those age 50 and older
    • For the Roth IRA, you can make a full contribution if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is under $129,000 for a single tax filer and less than $204,000 for married filers.
    • Conversely, if you are a single filer and make more than $144,000 AGI, or married making more than $214,000, you cannot make any contributions to a Roth IRA.
    • If you fall between those income limits, you may be able to make a partial contribution to your Roth IRA.
    • For Traditional IRA’s, the amount you can deduct from your taxes is a bit complicated depending on whether you or your spouse are covered under an employer-sponsored plan, as well as your income level. Consult your CPA for specifics.


  • 401(k) Plans – increases from $19,500/yr to $20,500/yr for 2022, but catch up contributions remain unchanged at $6,500/yr for those age 50 and older (also for Solo 401k, 403b, and most 457 plans).


  • SEP IRA’s & Solo 401k’s – for the self-employed and small business owners, the amount you can save in a SEP IRA or a Solo 401(k) is $61,000 for 2022 (up from $58,000 for 2021). That is based on the amount you can contribute as an employer, as a percentage of salary.


  • SIMPLE IRA’s – The contribution limit on SIMPLE retirement accounts is increasing to $14,000 for 2022, up from the 2021 limit of $13,500. The SIMPLE catch-up limit is $3,000 for those reaching the age of 50 in 2022.


  • HSA’s – For 2022, the annual limit on deductible contributions for both single and family coverage is increasing $50 and $100, respectively. This means is $3,650 for individuals with self-only coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and $7,300 for family coverage.


Age Milestones


Age 50 – You can increase your annual contribution to your 401k by $6,500, while those contributing to a Roth or Traditional IRA can add an additional $1,000.  With retirement rapidly approaching, this offers a great opportunity to supercharge your savings.  If you participate in a SIMPLE IRA, you can increase your contributions by $3,000.


Age 55 – If you are between ages 55 and 59 ½ and get terminated or quit your job, the IRS rule of 55 lets you pull money out of your 401(k) or 403(b) plan without penalty. Keep in mind you will still pay ordinary income tax on the withdrawals, but this could help you bridge the gap until you are eligible to draw from IRA’s or Social Security.


Age 59 ½ – At this point, you are able to withdraw money from your IRA’s without paying the 10% penalty for being under age 59 ½.  While there is no penalty, the withdrawals will still be taxed as ordinary income unless they are an eligible distribution from a Roth 401(k) / Roth IRA or the basis from a non-deductible IRA.


Age 60 – You may be eligible for Social Security Survivorship Benefits if you are a widow or widower.  If you are eligible, be aware that taking SS at the soonest eligible date will reduce your benefit by as much as 28.5%.


Age 62 – You are eligible for reduced Social Security, however, similar to survivorship benefits mentioned above, the amount will be permanently reduced by up to 25%. You will likely want assistance analyzing whether taking Social Security early at a reduced benefit makes sense within the context of your overall financial plan, health, etc.


If you choose to take Social Security early, you can earn up to $19,560 a year without impacting your benefit. For any earnings over that amount, you will have $1 in Social Security withheld for every $2 you earn. In the year you reach your FRA (full retirement age) you can earn up to $51,960 without any impact to your benefits.  If you do earn more than $51,960, you will have $1 in Social Security withheld for every $3 you earn.  Even though they will withhold benefits due to income in those situations, your benefit is not lost.  The money they withhold gets calculated for future benefits.  It is also worth noting that once you attain FRA there are no limits on your earnings.


Age 65 – Medicare is now part of your overall health care decision.  You are given a 7-month window to enroll (3 months prior to your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, and 3 months following that month). If you happen to be contributing to a Health Savings Account, you are no longer able to do so.  The upside is that you can take money from the Health Savings Account for any reason without penalty.  Distributions from HSAs used for eligible medical expenses will be tax-free.  Taxes may apply if distributions are used for other reasons. It is also important to consider the numerous Medicare Supplements that are available.  While choice is generally a good thing, there can be a lot of confusion as to the type of coverage you need, and the costs involved.  If you do not feel you have the expertise to make an informed decision, we can put you in contact with a trusted expert and/or resource who can assist you.


Aside from Medicare being an important milestone, any Disability Income policies should be reviewed if you are still working (or if you are collecting benefits).  Many benefits will stop paying at age 65 and coverage generally ends at that time.


Age 67 – This is considered full retirement age (for individuals born after 1959) and you are entitled to your full Social Security Benefit at this point.


If you were born in: Your Full Retirement Age
1943-1954 66
1955 66 and 2 months
1956 66 and 4 months
1957 66 and 6 months
1958 66 and 8 months
1959 66 and 10 months


If you are still working, or do not need the income, it’s worth analyzing whether or not you should begin taking benefits since taxation and increased benefits for waiting could be a factor in your decision.


For those who have not done so, we recommend reviewing your Social Security statement on an annual basis. You can now create an online login at . Statements are now only mailed every 5yrs if you do not have an online login.


Age 70 – Even if you are still working, this is the age that will give you the maximum Social Security payout.  Benefits no longer accumulate after this point.


Age 72 – While age 59 ½ allows you to access your IRA penalty free, age 72 means you must start taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)from your retirement accounts such as IRA’s and 401K’s (no need to take from your Roth IRA).  There is some flexibility with regards to your first distribution, but we recommend you talk with us and your tax advisor to make an informed decision.  If you are charitably inclined, there are some planning techniques that can be incorporated with this distribution as well.


If you were already taking your RMDs based on age 70.5 prior to the law change in December 2019, this age 72 does not apply to you. You will remain on your existing RMD schedule.


Note on Beneficiary / Inherited IRA’s: Passed in late 2019, The Secure Act altered both the RMD age requirements (mentioned above) as well as newly inherited Beneficiary IRA’s. This new law does not impact the ability of spouses to inherit an IRA and “stretch” that IRA over their lifetime. However, other than a spousal IRA, an IRA inherited from a grandparent, parent, etc. will now have different rules. Rather than allowing the individual to stretch that IRA over their lifetime, the government mandates it be taken in full within 10yrs. This can have multiple implications for planning, tax management, etc. We recommend discussing this with your financial advisor and/or CPA if you have questions.


As always, should you or your loved ones have any question regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact LJI.


Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a safe & prosperous New Year.


Your LJI Team