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With a traditional IRA, contributions you make are deductible (as long as you’re not covered by a company retirement plan or your income falls under certain limits) and earnings grow tax deferred until you take distributions in retirement. If you or your spouse have earned income, you’re eligible to contribute up to $5,000 a year to an IRA. If you’re 50 or older, you can even put away an extra $1,000 annually.
If you’re leaving your job, we can help you transfer the money you’ve accumulated in your company retirement plan into a rollover IRA, thereby avoiding taxes and penalties and preserving tax-deferred growth.
With a Roth IRA, contribution amounts are the same as those of the traditional IRAs. While contributions aren’t deductible, you can avoid taxes on your earnings, instead of just delaying them (as long as contributions are taken when you’re over age 59 ½, the account is at least 5 years old, and your income falls under certain limits)*.
Roth IRAs are also worth considering to pay for college expenses. If you withdraw any earnings prior to reaching age 59 ½ or have held the account for at least five years, you will be taxed. However, you may withdraw your principal – up to $5,000 a year – without tax or penalty. Only after your principal has been exhausted will future withdrawals of earnings be taxed. This favorable tax treatment makes Roth IRAs a viable option for supplementing your college savings.