Tax day has come and passed. Did you get a refund? If so, what is your plan?

There are a number of things you can do with your recent inflow--home remodeling, take a trip or finally pull the trigger on a large purchase. Each of those options would be rewarding but they probably aren't going to improve your chances at a financially secure retirement. Consider saving your refund.

There are a number of ways that you can save your refund. First: you can put the money into a savings account or a taxable investment account. This method can prevent you from spending it too quickly. Second: contribute the money to a Traditional IRA. Depending on your earned income and participation in an employer's retirement plan, this contribution may be tax deductible to you. The final option I will present is making a contribution to a Roth IRA. Although, this contribution is not eligible for a tax deduction, it will provide you with tax free growth if withdrawals are made in retirement and the account has been open for at least 5 years. In order to be eligible for a Roth IRA contribution your annual income must be below the maximum allowable level. Please consult your tax professional to determine your eligibility to make a contribution to a Traditional or a Roth IRA.

I'm sure it can be very difficult putting off that vacation you had your sights set on, but by saving and investing your money into your future--you give yourself the potential to enjoy multiple vacations in retirement as opposed to just one now.

Ethan Wade, Financial Advisor


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