This time last year the CARES Act prompted many investors to consider a Roth IRA conversion. Everyone’s circumstances are different but it may be worth exploring the benefits of a Roth IRA. Of course, you should also consult a tax professional before making any decisions.
REDUCE FUTURE TAXABLE RMDs
Roth contributions are funded with after-tax dollars, meaning there’s no deduction at the time of your deposit. However, when the money is withdrawn from the account no income tax is due, even if your tax rate has increased.
NO REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION FOR ROTH IRA OWNER
Unlike traditional IRAs, there is no RMD requirement during the account holder’s lifetime. This allows you to leave funds untouched and let the account grow tax-free for heirs. However, beneficiaries must take RMDs.
NO ROTH IRA TAXES ON EARNINGS
Roth IRA holders will never pay taxes on any investment returns in the account as long as they follow the withdrawal rules. This applies to beneficiaries as well.
Qualified withdrawals are tax and penalty-free. The rules vary depending upon age and how long the account has been held. However, you should adhere to the following guidelines:
· Withdrawals must be taken after age 59 1/2
· Withdrawals must be taken after a five-year holding period
· There are exceptions to the early-withdrawal penalty such as a first-time home purchase, college expenses, and birth or adoption expenses
ROTH IRAS WILL NOT AFFECT CURRENT OR FUTURE TAX RATES
Since contributions are made with after-tax dollars, Roth IRA withdrawals will not affect your current or future tax rate. This can also remove many uncertainties or concerns about your future tax rate.
Written by Scott Perkins, MBA, CFP® Director of Financial Planning
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