Roth IRA

Roth IRA Early Withdrawal Rules For After Tax Contributions, Traditional IRA Conversions and Investment Earnings

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A Roth IRA can provide a great way to build up savings for retirement. These accounts allow funds to grow on a tax-free basis. And, provided that the account owner meets just a few requirements, all the money contributed and earned in a Roth IRA account may also be withdrawn without taxation at retirement. Oftentimes, however, […]

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Which Type of IRA is Best for Me? Roth IRA or Traditional IRA and How to Decide

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Most people have heard about Individual Retirement Account (IRA) plans which provide self-administered tax advantaged retirement saving options. For most people two types of IRA options are best – a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA (see a comparison). But choosing the right option depends on a variety of factors that include, how much you […]

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2013 Roth IRA Contribution Limits Based on Filing Status and Income

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After several years the IRS has raised Roth IRA contribution levels, along with the annually indexed income qualification levels that allow eligible contributions. This is good news for those looking for tax effective ways to manage their retirement savings. Unlike 401(k) and Traditional IRA plans, you cannot deduct contributions to a Roth IRA from your taxable income. But […]

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2013 401k, IRA, SEP and Simple IRA Retirement Plan Contribution and Income Limits

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The IRS has published 2013 retirement plan limits following the release of Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) figures for next year.  This was the second consecutive year of increases to contribution limits, as shown in the table below.  With the new $17,500 limit, employees enrolled in an employee sponsored retirement plan (401k, 403b, and Thrift Savings […]

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Protect Your Retirement Savings Through These 4 Diversification Strategies

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With ongoing volatility across global markets and an uncertain future in terms of taxes, regulations and government safety nets such as social security; diversification is key in managing the risk associated with your retirement savings. That’s why these four risk diversification strategies across products and services make a lot of sense for the changing world […]

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Can I Make 401K or IRA to Roth IRA Conversions in 2012 and 2013? What Are The New Rules and Income Limits

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[2013 Update] With a deal to avert the fiscal cliff reached and legislated under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012, a couple of significant employer sponsored retirement plan features have reappeared with some modifications. This includes the Roth 401(k) conversion and Charitable IRA contributions. You can read more about these updated provisions in this […]

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Opening a Roth IRA for Your Non-Working Spouse – Eligibility, Income and Contribution Limits

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Can you open a Roth IRA for your spouse? This question comes up a lot among married couples with just one income. After all, one of the requirements for opening and funding a Roth IRA is earned income, right? And as a general rule, if you don’t have taxable earned income as a result of […]

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Best Companies and Brokers For Opening a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA

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If you are looking for a common and highly effective way to cut your tax bill for this year and/or the next, then consider opening a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA before the IRA contribution deadline (April 15th). The following brokers have great offers for those looking to open or transfer an IRA account in […]

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2013 Tax Rates and Brackets, Standard Deduction and Personal Exemptions Updated in Federal IRS Tax Table

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[Updated with 2013 IRS inflation adjusted tax brackets and fiscal cliff changes] Congress and the Obama administration’s fiscal cliff deal (ATRA act) means that 2013 federal tax rates will remain fixed for nearly 99% of the population. Only those earning above $450,000/$400,000 (married/single) AGI will have a higher federal marginal tax rate in 2013, relative to 2012 levels. […]

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When Can I Make Catch-Up Contributions to 401K, IRA, 403b and SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plans

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Catch-up contributions allow people who feel that they do not have enough of a nest egg to make higher retirement plan contributions as they approach retirement. If you are over or turning 50 in a given calender year you are eligible to make additional or catch-up contributions to your current retirement plan (401K, 403b, IRA etc). […]

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