Navigating the Changes: A Guide to the 2024 IRS Contribution Adjustments

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As we step into the new year, it’s crucial for taxpayers and investors to be aware of the latest updates from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS recently announced several contribution adjustments for the year 2024, impacting various aspects of personal finance, retirement planning, and taxation. In this article, we delve into these changes and explore on a high-level what they mean for your financial strategy.

Retirement Savings Limits: Planning for the Future

  1. 401(k) Contributions: The maximum annual contribution limit for 401(k) accounts sees a modest increase. In 2024, individuals can contribute up to $23,000 to their 401(k) plans, up from the previous limit. For those aged 50 and older, the catch-up contribution limit remains unchanged at $7,500. Individual 401(K) plans for small business owners without employees other than a spouse can also include profit sharing contributions, for total contributions that can go all the way up to $76,500 for those over 50 years old for these sponsored plans.  
  2. IRA Contributions: Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) also experience an adjustment. The annual contribution limit for both Traditional and Roth IRAs is raised to $7,000. As with 401(k)s, the catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and older stays at $1,000.

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs): Balancing Health and Wealth

  1. HSA Contribution Limits: For those enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), the HSA contribution limits have been increased. In 2024, individuals can contribute up to $4,150, while families can contribute up to $8,300. The catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 55 and older remains at $1,000.
  2. HDHP Minimum Deductibles and Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses: The minimum deductible for HDHPs increases to $1,600 for self-only coverage and $3,200 for family coverage), but the maximum out-of-pocket expenses for these plans cannot exceed $8,050 for individuals and $16,200 for families.  It’s important for individuals and families to assess these changes in the context of their saving and healthcare needs.

Gift and Estate Tax Exclusions: Planning for Generational Wealth

  1. Gift Tax Exclusion: The annual exclusion for gifts increases for 2024. Individuals can gift up to $18,000 per recipient without triggering gift tax implications. For married couples, this means the ability to jointly gift up to $36,000 to each recipient.
  2. Estate Tax Exemption: The estate tax exemption is also subject to adjustments. For 2024, the exemption rises to $13,610,000, allowing individuals to shelter a larger portion of their estate from federal estate taxes. Estate planning considerations become increasingly important, especially for high-net-worth individuals.
  3. Charitable contributions from an IRA (QCDs) for those over 70 ½ years old can now be made up to $105, 000 up $5000 from 2023.

Standard Deductions and Tax Brackets: Tax Efficiency Matters

  1. Standard Deductions: The standard deduction amounts for the 2024 tax year have increased slightly. Single filers will see a bump (to $14,600), as will married couples filing jointly ($29,200) and heads of household ($21,900). Taxpayers should evaluate whether to take the standard deduction or itemize based on their individual circumstances.
  2. Tax Brackets: Tax brackets have been adjusted to account for inflation. Understanding the new tax brackets and rates is essential for accurate tax planning.

Taking Control of Your Financial Future

Staying informed about IRS contribution adjustments is key to making informed financial decisions. As we usher in 2024, individuals should proactively assess how these changes may impact their retirement savings, healthcare strategies, and overall tax planning. 

Whether you’re contributing to retirement accounts, navigating healthcare expenses, or planning your estate, staying ahead of these adjustments positions you to make the most of your financial opportunities. Remember, financial planning is a dynamic process, and adapting to these changes ensures that your strategy aligns with your goals.

In this ever-evolving financial landscape, knowledge is power. This said, it can be overwhelming and a lot to digest all this important information. Enter Castle Wealth Management. Feel free to click below to schedule a time to meet or call us directly at 561-686-9604. We are here to help you navigate your financial journey with confidence and foresight.

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Melissa Gannon, CDFA®, CFP®

Melissa Gannon joined the firm in October 2016 as a Financial Planner. In 2021, she became a Principal of the firm and the Manager Financial Planning. Melissa is a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Divorce Professionals, and the Financial Planning Association.

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