Posts Tagged ‘Retirement’


How to Use a Roth IRA to Purchase Your First House

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It can be difficult for younger people to save up to purchase their first house.  Paying rent, making a car payment and perhaps paying off a student loan can drain your cash flow. While a Roth IRA is designed to be used for retirement one possible use would be to use a Roth IRA for the down payment on your first … Continue reading »


3 Reasons I Encouraged My Son to Open a Roth IRA

I recently suggested to my son that he open a Roth IRA.  Here are the 3 reasons why.

 

 1) He’s Young

The Roth IRA offers a huge advantage over a regular IRA. This is particularly so for younger people.  With the IRA you are (generally) allowed a tax deduction for this.  The IRA grows tax deferred. You can begin to take distributions after age 59 1/2 without penalty.  You must begin taking distributions after … Continue reading »


How to Explain a Roth IRA to Your 25 Year Old

 

Roth IRA Eligibility

To be eligible for a Roth IRA you need to have earned income.  This is typically from wages earned as an employee.  Earnings from self-employment also qualify. The annual contribution is the lesser of your earned income or $5,000. The contribution can be made at any time during the year and up to April 15th following the year.


4 Reasons All Employers Should Offer a Roth 401(k) Plan

 

1) The Roth 401(k) Plan Has a Higher Contribution Limit that a Roth IRA

Taxpayers can contribute up to $5,000 per year into a Roth IRA. Taxpayers over age 50 can contribute an additional ‘catch-up’ contribution of $1,000 for a total of $6,000.  To contribute to a Roth IRA you need to have earned income at least up to the amount of the contribution. Earned income is from wages as an employee (Form W-2) or … Continue reading »


4 Reasons to do a Roth Conversion

 

A Roth Conversion is when funds are taken out of an IRA and converted into a Roth IRA. This conversion results in taxable income. Here are 4 Reasons to do a Roth Conversion: