Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
It doesn't matter how old (or young) you are - if you haven't started saving for retirement, you need to, now. Even if you have started, it doesn't hurt to do more. So, you should consider an IRA. Below is a quick overview of IRAs:
There are many different kinds of IRAs. The most common are:
- Traditional IRAs
- Roth IRAs
- Rollover IRAs
- Your money grows on a tax-deferred basis
- Contributions to your IRA may be tax deductible
- You can get to your money without a distribution penalty at age 59 ½.
- Your money grows on a tax-free basis, which is even better than tax deferred. Withdrawals of interest earnings are tax-free and penalty-free if the account has been open at least 5 years and the owner is 59 ½ or older or meets other qualifying distribution rules.
- And, you have flexibility to withdraw principal (already-taxed funds) without being taxed or penalized by the IRS, even before you hit your golden years.
Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA
- For some individuals, converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can have beneficial tax implications. Prior to converting to a Roth IRA, you should consult your tax advisor. Please visit your local BBVA Compass Banking Center for more information.
Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (CESAs)
- Earnings accumulate on a tax-free basis and withdrawals are penalty-free if used for qualified higher education expenses.
- Contributions are not tax deductible.
- If you've changed jobs and withdrawn money from your old company's 401(k) plan, you need to put it somewhere quickly (within 60 days) or you could owe the government some serious cash. And a Rollover IRA may be a good option. We can explain your other options, and send you a copy of our Retirement Distributions Options kit. Just give us a call.