IRAs are one of several ways you finance your retirement. You may have a pension plan and/or Social Security benefits along with personal savings, but IRAs play a critical role in your savings strategy to retire in style.
The purpose of a Roth IRA is for you to save for retirement. However, the IRS allows a bit of flexibility within these accounts that make them highly attractive. For example (and providing you qualify) you can take penalty-free withdrawals for buying a home for the first time, medical expenses, college, and even for emergencies. Read on to discover the top features and benefits these retirement plans offer.
There are a few different ways you can roll over 401(k) funds into an IRA. But if you don’t follow the rules you can expect the money you take from your account to be taxed and penalized. And, there’s no fun in that.
You’d think that you’d remember to take your required minimum distribution (RMD). But, too often many people do, especially if you’re working past retirement age and don’t need those funds to live on. However, if you catch it before you file your taxes—you might get a pass from the IRS.
This is an excellent question because it does happen. Often, these mistakes are caught around the time your trusty CPA is preparing your taxes. Hopefully, they catch the error in time to make adjustments that may ease the 6 percent penalty that’s levied if you contributed more to your IRA last year than allowed.
As you know, the IRS raised contribution limits on some retirement plans. This is good news, because the more you can sock away, the more compound interest works for you. Additionally, depending on the type of account you have—contributions are tax-deductible, which can decrease your income tax liability at the end of the year.
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