Today TaxMama hears from Larry in Texas. He has an interesting question. “I’m 63 and receiving social security retirement benefits. I work part-time. Will contributions to my company 401(k) reduce my taxable income? Specifically, will my contributions reduce my total income, enabling me to exceed the earnings limits for being under full retirement age?”
That’s a good question.
I suspect that your 401(k) contributions will not help you stay under the limits for SS benefits.
Why? Your W-2 will report your reduced earnings in box 1. But boxes 3 and 4 will report your full wages, before the 401(k) reduction.
Here is your earnings limit for 2009:
Other limits and things are here:
You may want to ask the good folks at the Social Security Administration just to be sure. http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/reach.htm
Or perhaps one of our readers already knows?
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