A wise person once said that humans tend to over-estimate what they can accomplish in the short-term and under-estimate what they can accomplish in the long-term. This holds very true for IRA contributions.

IRAs offer a number of benefits:

  • Regular savings
  • Potential tax-deductible contributions (depending on income levels and other retirement plan participation)
  • Tax-deferred compounding
  • Potential tax-free distributions (in the case of Roth IRAs)

It can be easy to put off or fail to make contributions to an IRA. Retirement may seem like a long way off and $6,000 may not sound like a lot of money to save. But look at how these contributions can accumulate.

Year Total Contributions IRA Value at 6% earnings IRA value at 8% earnings Alert Me
1 $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
2 $12,000 $12,360 $12,480
3 $18,000 $19,102 $19,478
4 $24,000 $26,248 $27,037
5 $30,000 $33,823 $35,200
10 $60,000 $79,085 $86,919
15 $90,000 $139,656 $162,913
20 $120,000 $220,714 $274,572
30 $180,000 $474,349 $679,699
Taxes Due at 28% - $82,418 - $139,916
Net After Tax (assumes non-deductible contributions were made) $391,931 $539,783

No one can accurately predict what level of earnings you may earn on your investments. It may be difficult to foresee what the future tax laws will be. However, using IRAs as part of your retirement planning strategy can help you have the type of financially secure retirement you desire.