Welcome, everyone, thank you for joining us today. My name is Ewelina Caplap, Wealth Management operations manager at Coastal Credit Union, where we bank better to live better. Today, we will be sharing with you three retirement savings tips before year end. So hopefully today you will come out of this session with some great action items. Joining me today are David Burk, CFS financial advisor, and Drew Snider, CFP, director of financial planning here at Coastal Credit Union. Welcome to you both.
So before we get into our exciting conversation, we will very quickly cover our disclosure slide. Coastal Credit Union contracts with CUSO Financial Services to offer investment products to its members, which can fluctuate with market activity and potentially have some risk. So getting into our exciting conversation today about three retirement savings tips for year end. At this time, let's talk about tip one. Tip one, Roth IRAs. We hear about Roth IRAs quite a lot and the potential tax free income they provide. David, why don't you start us off with a little bit about what this tip is? Thanks, Ewelina.
A Roth IRA is an IRA that you're actually using after-tax dollars to invest in a credit union or an investment Roth IRA and letting that grow tax deferred so that after age 59 and a half, you'll be able to withdraw money out of that account that is 100 percent tax free. That's a huge financial and tax benefit that you should certainly consider before year end. Why don't you add a little bit more to that, Drew? Yeah, the Roth IRA is is definitely the greatest savings tool we have for retirement.
As the illustration shows, the seed for our tree is what's getting taxed. And then you grow this beautiful tree with all this great money on it and you get to take the money off and you don't pay taxes on the money. So it's fantastic and everyone should consider if they can do it or not. The beauty of looking at a Roth IRA going into December is you have a vision of what your income is for the year and you have limitations on contributions based on what your income was for twenty twenty one.
So if your income is basically under about one hundred twenty five thousand dollars as a single person or one hundred ninety eight thousand dollars as joint filers, you should definitely be looking at a Roth IRA and coming into the credit union and talking to us to see if it'll work for you. That's excellent. What a great first tip to consider taking care of before the year end. So we're now going to move over to tip number two, and we're going to talk about some 401(k)s. What can you tell us here, David? 401(k)s are offered typically through an employer or as an employer sponsored retirement plan.
They've been around for quite some time now, and many employees should be taking full advantage of this retirement savings. And again, since we're now getting towards the end of the year, it's always a benefit to evaluate your income at this year, like Drew mentioned in the previous slide. But then also what your income will be next year and give yourself a savings raise of trying to increase your savings. Drew, I'll let you expand more about the comparison of Nick versus Maria and what their savings has done over time. Sure, I'd be happy to. This is a very simple graphic of two individuals who make the same amount of money and started off saving the same amount of money, the same percentage to their 401k plan. Nick maintained that savings rate, whereas Maria, each year, increased her savings rate by one percent or her contribution rate by one percent to her 401k plan until it maxed out at 15 percent.
And you can see that over time, Maria had quite a bit more money. This is after 30 years. She had twice as much money for retirement as did Nick. And you know what? You don't really need to concentrate on anything other than the fact that that right bar looks a lot bigger than the left bar. So with proper planning, we can help our viewers get there. Yeah, just one more comment here.
Before year end, everyone should take a look at their 401k statement and see if they maximized. If they're trying to maximize the amount that they can contribute, they should take a look at that and see if they've been able to do that this year, because a lot of people may think that they are maximizing their contributions when in fact they haven't. Right? Good point. And another thing, I'm not sure if we mentioned it, if you have a Roth 401k option on your plan, if we're talking about a Roth IRAs, certainly Roth 401k option is something that our viewers should be looking into. Can either one of you speak to that for a minute? Yeah, that's an interesting comment, Ewelina, because that's still relatively new in the marketplace and offered through employer 401k plans, but the numbers are astounding how few people are really taking full advantage of that Roth opportunity in their 401k.
And what that means is, you can actually contribute more towards your Roth 401k than you can a Roth IRA outside of your employer-sponsored plan. Plus, your income is not a restrictive factor in being able to contribute to the Roth 401K plan. And just add to that, I would encourage anybody, even high income people who really do like the tax deduction that they're getting from their traditional 401k contributions. It's not an either/or situation. You know, if you're not doing either traditional or Roth, you can do some in both. Personally, I do some in both of mine. I do some in the traditional and I do some in the Roth in my contributions.
I do the same thing on my own planning as well. Well, certainly a lot to take in and consider for year end. So we're going to move on to our final tip. Tip three. Health savings accounts, right? HSAs. And who doesn't like the sound of triple tax savings? So, David, what don't you tell us a little bit about that first? The triple tax saving on a health savings account is phenomenal, and many people have completely overlooked this opportunity for their own household and and being able to save tax free money.
So what ends up happening. If your employer offers you a high deductible health account, then you can participate in an HSA. And what you're able to do is contribute on an individual basis or as a family, and that money can be tax deductible as far as the contribution. Once that money is in your HSA, it grows tax deferred. And then when you're ready to start withdrawing money from an HSA for a qualifying medical or health care expense, it's one hundred percent tax free as a distribution. And I want to comment here. As as you come to the year end, some employers are going to contribute some money to your HSA for you. You can add the rest up to the maximum. And you have until April 15th to do that. But the year end is a great time to take a look to see how much your employer has put into that plan for you. And then what is the calculation? What's the amount that you can add to it? Because you can reduce your taxes in your 2021 tax return, you get tax deferral and you can take the money out tax free for qualified health care expenses.
Excellent. So it sounds like there's a lot to get done here working with Team Coastal. So who are we right? Who is Team Coastal? Drew, can you talk to us about how we can help our viewers in meeting these three tips? Putting them into action? Yeah. Whether you're talking to Coastal Wealth Management about these concepts that we talked about today, or if you go into the branch, the credit union, you're going to get a team of experienced people that are going to be able to help you make your contributions, maximize your retirement. At Coastal, they're going to talk to you about your savings account options and Wealth Management. If you have a more longer term perspective, we're going to show you some investment options for your IRAs. And then, you know, one thing about Coastal Wealth Management is, you know, we have lots of options to help you to find a great solution that you're comfortable with.
That fits your risk tolerance and your needs, and we're all working together. So whether you talk to someone at the branch and you tell them, Hey, I'd like to get a better rate of return, than you're offering in that savings account, they're going to bring us into the conversation with Wealth Management so we can talk to you about how we can help. So we're all working together at Team Coastal. And then obviously, if you want to do a financial plan with us, we'd be happy to help you with that. Absolutely. And speaking of that financial plan, for our viewers, if they are not aware, it is a complimentary financial review to meet with our team and discover all the options available to you with Team Coastal, whether that be something that our retail team can help you or our Wealth Management department specifically, we all work together and can hopefully help you reach your goals. Schedule your complimentary Financial Review with us today. You can call us at 919-882-6655. You can certainly send us an email [email protected]. And of course, you can find us online as well.
There are some action items to take here with these three tips before year end. We're happy to help you with that. Thank you again… David Burke, CFS financial advisor, one of our dedicated advisors for being with me here today, and of course, Drew Snider, our financial planning director here at Coastal Credit Union. Thank you for your time today and thank you to our viewers for joining us. And reach out to us. We'll be happy to help you..