An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a special savings plan authorized by the Federal government to help you accumulate funds for your retirement providing you meet the Internal Revenue Code eligibility requirements.
Every individual who has earned income or receives alimony may contribute to an IRA. Income from other sources such as investments or inheritances does not qualify.
All earnings you accumulate in a Traditional IRA remain tax-sheltered until withdrawn. New legislation in June of 2001 increased the maximum you may deposit annually to the Traditional IRA, effective 2002. Contributions may not be made for or after the year in which you reach age 70 1/2.
A Roth IRA is an individual retirement account to which participants are able to make annual non-deductible contributions. Unlike a traditional IRA in which your earnings are tax-deferred, Roth IRA earnings can be tax-free. With Roth IRA, unlike traditional IRA, you can continue to make contributions even after you have reached age 70 1/2 provided you have earned income.
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