A Roth IRA is a retirement savings vehicle that potentially allows for tax-free income in retirement. Roth IRAs can be an attractive vehicle for anyone looking to minimize their tax bill in retirement or to leave tax-free assets to their heirs. Although your contributions to a Roth IRA are not tax deductible like those of a Traditional IRA, qualified Roth IRA distributions are tax-free. Qualified Roth distributions occur when the IRA has been open for at least 5 years, the IRA holder is at least 59.5 years old, at the holder's death, due to disability, or in regards to a first-home purchase.
You are eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA as long as you have earned income from a job. There are income eligibility limits and if you make too much money, you cannot contribute to a Roth. The 2014 Income limit for single taxpayers is any income greater than $129,000, and for those who file jointly, the limit is any income greater than $191,000.
Another benefit to a Roth IRA is that you have access to your contributions at any time, for any reason, without paying tax or a penalty. Although your contributions are available at any time, earnings withdrawn before age 59 1/2 or before the account has been open for at least 5 years, may be subject to taxes and a 10% penalty.
If you have earned income, are within the income eligibility limits, and want to capitalize on the opportunity for tax-free distributions in retirement, a Roth IRA may be a perfect complement to your employer's retirement plan.
Ethan Wade, Financial Advisor
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