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Retirement Planning
Traditional IRA

A traditional IRA is a tax-deferred investment account that acts as a personal retirement fund for people with employment income. Contributions may be tax-deductible depending on your adjusted gross income and participation in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Earnings can grow tax-deferred until withdrawal, thus giving your investments the opportunity to compound faster. At withdrawal, any amounts that have not already been taxed are taxed as ordinary income.

You can open a traditional IRA if you earn income from wages or salary of at least $2000 and you're under the age of 70 1/2.

Your maximum IRA contribution per year can be $4,000 or 100% of earned income, whichever is less. Please note your contributions to all IRAs cannot exceed $4,000

Individuals over the age of 50 may be eligible for a $500 annual "catch-up" contribution.

Your contributions are fully tax-deductible if you are:

  • Single and don't participate in your employer's retirement plan OR you do participate and your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $45,000 or under.

  • Married, but neither spouse participates in an employer's retirement plan, OR you do participate and your Adjusted Gross Income is $65,000 or under. (If you are married and only one of you is an active participant in an employer's retirement plan, and joint AGI is less than $70,000, each can deduct up to $5,000. However, if you are married and only one of you is an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, and your joint agi is less than $150,000 , then the other spouse can deduct a maximum of $3000 in 2004 and $3500 in 2005)  If the spouse is 50 or older, the deductable amount rises to $4000 in 2004 and $4500 in 2005.

If you do participate in your employer’s plan:

Your contributions are fully tax-deductible if you are:

  • Single and your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $45,000.
  • Married and, filing jointly, your Adjusted Gross Income is less than $65,000.

Your contributions are partially tax-deductible if you are:

  • Single and your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $55,000.
  • Married and, filing jointly, your Adjusted Gross Income is less than $75,000.

Your contributions are NOT tax-deductible if you are:

  • Single, participate in your employer's retirement plan, and your AGI is more than $55,000

  • Married, participate in your employer's retirement plan, and filing jointly your combined income is more than $75,000

All of these numbers are generalizations for informational purposes only.  For more detailed information, consult IRS form 590 at:


Tax Benefits

  • Your contributions grow tax-deferred over the life of your account

  • Up-front tax savings if your contributions are tax-deductible.

  • Upon death, beneficiary's payouts are taxed based on the beneficiary's tax situation.

You MUST begin taking money from your account at age 70 1/2. Withdrawals are taxable as ordinary income.

You MAY begin penalty-free withdrawals at age 59 1/2. After you are this age, withdrawals are subject to the following tax treatment:

For pre-tax contributions: Both the contributions and the investment earnings are treated as income. For after-tax contributions: The contributions are treated as a nontaxable return of capital, but all investment earnings are treated as income.

The IRA has penalties for withdrawal before age 59 1/2 (early withdrawals). You will owe both the tax due and a 10% early withdrawal penalty on the taxable portion of the withdrawal. There are some EXCEPTIONS to this 10% early withdrawal penalty:

  • You can make penalty-free withdrawals of up to $10,000 for first-time home purchases.

  • Disability (as defined by the IRS)

  • Death

  • Payments for medical insurance for yourself, your spouse, and your

  • Payments for unreimbursed medical expenses that are more than 7 1/2% of your adjusted gross income

  • Withdrawals for qualified higher education costs (for yourself, your spouse, children, or grandchildren
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