The process of planning for retirement can be a long, grueling process. When the day finally comes to retire, many make a few mistakes in the method of adjusting to the new life of retirement. A strong understanding of your finances in your new relaxed lifestyle is key to maintaining happiness after exiting the workforce.
One of the biggest mistakes new retirees have is that they do not adjust their new lifestyle. When you have lived a long life at a certain standard of living for decades, it is hard to reevaluate your life around a fixed income. Some retirees have plenty of savings to support their large home and significant expenditures. Those retirees who do not have the luxury to utilize their savings during retirement, have to adjust to their life on a fixed income. When newly retirees have more time to do the things they want to do, they tend to drain their savings quite quickly.
Overspending can be a massive mistake in retirement. To avoid overspending during retirement, create a new budget for your new lifestyle. It will help you stay afloat financially in your new lifestyle. Downsizing to a new home that will fit your budget is a smart choice. Flexibility is vital for managing your fixed income.
Many do not realize how much money they end up having to pay the IRS once you enter retirement. Some experience a decrease in their tax bills, but for others, that may not be the case. Withdrawing funds from your 401(k) or IRA are subject to taxes. The most significant surprise that retirees face is the fact that Social Security benefits are taxable during retirement as well. Social Security taxes also vary depending what state you reside.
RMDs are another factor that new retirees tend to forget about. You can not leave your money stagnant in qualified retirement accounts forever unless it is in a Roth account. You must begin withdrawing from your IRA’s and 401(k)’s once you reach the age of 70 1/2, unless an exception applies. Ignoring required minimum distributions (RMDs) will only end up with substantial tax penalties (50%) on amounts you fail to withdraw.