Uncle Sam is letting you squirrel away more in retirement accounts, raising contribution limits starting this year. Turn 50 by yearend and you get an added boost from special catch-up provisions.

IRA/ROTH IRA 4O1(k), 403(b), 457 UNDER 50 50 AND UNDER 50 AND YEARS OLD ABOVE 50 ABOVE

2001 $2,000 $2,000 $10,500* $10,500* 2002 3,000 3,500 11,000 12,000 2003 3,000 3,500 12,000 14,000 2004 3,000 3,500 13,000 16,000 2005 4,000 4,500 14,000 18,000 2006 4,000 5,000 15,000 20,000 2007 4,000 5,000 ** ** 2008 5,000 6,000 ** **

* $8,500 for 457 **Indexed for inflation, rising in $500 increments.

Data: BusinessWeek

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