A Roth individual retirement account (IRA) is an investment account that allows you to contribute for your retirement. Contributions to a Roth IRA are made after taxes and then your contributions and earnings grow tax-free.
Roth IRA features:
Things to consider:
Roth IRAs offer you an opportunity to create tax-free income during retirement and avoid RMDs beginning at age 70½. Tax-free retirement income may be appealing if you have a traditional IRA or a 401(k) and want to diversify your tax situation in retirement or if you estimate being in the same or a higher tax bracket in retirement as you are today.
Contribution limits—2017 and 2018 tax year:
Individuals who have earned income and their spouses, if married filing jointly, are eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA as long as their MAGI falls below certain limits.
For the 2017 tax year, you can make the following contributions to a Roth IRA:
With a Roth IRA, you can withdraw your contributions at any time, free of tax or penalty. Qualified distributions of earnings are income tax-free and penalty-free. Distributions are considered qualified after five years if you are at least age 59½ or as a result of death, disability, or for qualified first-time homebuyers.
If you take nonqualified distributions of earnings, you may owe income taxes and a 10% IRS penalty. There are a few exceptions that allow you to avoid the 10% penalty, which are:
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