Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
This is an excellent tool for retirement savings. Unlike most investments, depending on the type of IRA you choose, contributions may be tax deductible and will grow either tax-deferred or tax-free.
Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) (formally Education IRA)
An ESA is a great way for parents, grandparents and others to help meet the rising costs of a student’s education.
Tax law changes have made IRAs and ESAs even better.
Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts must be opened and/or funded by the April 15th tax filing deadline to receive your tax deductions. A filing extension won’t buy you extra time.
The annual contribution limit as of fiscal year 2011, for people under the age of 50 is $5,000 per year. For those over the age of 50 the amount increases to $6,000 per year. The IRS may adjust annually for inflation, in $500 increments. The annual limit applies to any combination of IRA plans other than the ESA. Contributions are fully tax deductible if you are not an active participant in an employer retirement plan. Investments grow on a tax-deferred basis. Distributions must begin at age 70 1/2. Earnings are taxed only upon withdrawal.
As long as you have earned income, you can establish and contribute to a Roth IRA even after age 70 ½. While contributions are not tax deductible, contributions and earnings can be withdrawn tax-free, and unlike traditional IRAs, you are not required to begin taking required minimum distributions after reaching age 70 1/2. By converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, you can enjoy tax-free withdrawals. However, the amount you convert is subject to income tax now. Contribution limits for a Roth IRA are the same as the traditional IRA.
Making Up For Lost Time
Catch-up contributions – Individuals who have reached age 50 by the end of the year will be able to make additional catch-up contributions of $1,000 per year to their traditional or Roth IRA.
Education Savings Accounts
The annual contribution amount has been increased to $2,000 per beneficiary. While there is no tax deduction for amounts contributed to a Coverdell Education Savings Account, earnings grow tax-free. And your ESA can be used to pay qualified elementary school and secondary school expenses as well as those for higher education.
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