It’s tax time again, and for most people, that means getting back some green.
And while people have a range of plans for that money—from purchasing a big-ticket consumer item such as a car, or refrigerator, to paying down debt—it might surprise you to learn that many consumers saved and invested their refunds in 2018, according to recent research.
Here’s what taxpayers did with their refunds in 2018:
Stash believes in smart saving and investing, and we think one of your goals should be saving for retirement. Why? About one-third of U.S. consumers have $5,000 or less saved for retirement. (Various estimates suggest you may need as much as $1.5 million to support 30 years without working.)
Additionally, fewer of us are likely to have pensions, and Social Security probably won’t cover your expenses after you’ve stopped working.
Meanwhile, career paths are likely to be unpredictable, and healthcare costs probably will be expensive when you can no longer work.
But the sooner you start investing for retirement, the more money you can potentially accumulate.
Waiting even a few years can dramatically reduce your retirement savings. The following chart shows the difference in your potential nest egg if you start at 25 compared to 35. The person who waits ten years might have almost half as much money in retirement.
Consider Stashing it
Stash offers both traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The maximum you can contribute to your Stash retirement account in 2020 is $6,000. People who are age 50 and older can contribute an additional $1,000 each year as a catch-up contribution.
Have a tax refund coming your way? Consider stashing it in a Stash Retire account.