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Traditional vs. Roth IRA: The Choice Just Got More Interesting
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(NAPSA)—How high do you think your taxes are headed? The answer to that—along with other factors—could help you decide Traditional vs. Roth IRA: which retirement accounts may The Choice Just Got More Interesting make sense for you: Traditional (NAPSA)—How IRA, Roth IRA or both?high do you think your taxes are headed? The The decision became more siganswer this to that—along with other nificant year because the factors—could help you decide income limits for converting TrawhichIRAs retirement accounts may ditional into Roth IRAs were make sense for you: Traditional Financial adviser (right) helps a removed. (As were those affecting couple decide which type of IRA IRA, Roth IRA or both? SEP and IRAs and workThe SIMPLE decision became more sig- suits them best. place savings plans former nificant this yearwith because the employers like 401(k)s.) Already, income limits for converting Tra- heightened interest in Roth IRA which until 2010 had Fidelity Investments says that ditional IRAs into Roth IRAs were conversions, Financial adviser (right) helps a limited to which those type with of modiRoth IRA (As conversions have been removed. were those affecting couple decide IRA adjusted gross incomes of increased that Roth are fied SEP andand SIMPLE IRAsIRAs and worksuits them best. m oplace r e p osavings p u l a r aplans m o n gwith n e wformer i n - $100,000 or less. Factors To Consider heightened interest in Roth IRA vestors—and you401(k)s.) can judge for employers like Already, which Fidelity Investments says that conversions, First, know that until both 2010 typeshad of yourself why. been currently limited to those modiRoth IRA conversions have IRAs have with the same Contributions to Traditional fied adjusted grosslimit: incomes of increased and that IRAs are annual contribution $5,000 IRAs may provide anRoth immediate $100,000 less. o r e p o p u for l a r those a m o nwho g n emeet w i n - (or $6,000,orfor those age 50 and taxmdeduction Consider vestors—and you can judge for older). Factors Also, if To you’re opening a certain basic income and other know that both types of yourself why.but taxes are ultinewFirst, Roth IRA—as opposed to conrequirements, IRAs currently have the IRA— same Contributions to Traditional mately due on amounts with- verting from a Traditional IRAs may provide an immediate annual contribution limit: $5,000 drawn. On the other hand, Roth income limits to make any Roth tax deduction for those who meet (or $6,000, for those age 50 and IRA contributions are not deduc- IRA contributions still apply (a certain basic income and other older). Also, if you’re opening a adjusted income of tible, but may leave free from new Roth IRA—asgross opposed to conrequirements, but you taxes are ulti- modified thanfrom $120,000 if single and federal income long as withyou less verting a Traditional IRA— mately due tax on as amounts thanlimits $177,000 if married and keep the money inother for athand, least five income to make any Roth drawn. On the Roth less years IRA jointly). contributions still apply (a IRAand contare ribu59½ tionsorarolder e not when deduc- filing That said, here are three youtible, takebut it out. adjusted gross income of may leave you free from modified to discuss In other words, Roth IRAs, less than issues $120,000 if singlewith and federal income tax as long as as you important adviser: Keri Dogan, a senior presiless financial than $177,000 if married and keep the money in forvice at least five your years and areInvestments, 59½ or older puts when filing • Isjointly). not having to take “required dent at Fidelity That distributions” said, here are three it out. “hedge” against minimum starting at it, you are take a potential important issuesfactor? to discuss with other words, IRAs, 70½ a critical futureInhigher federalRoth income taxas age financial adviser: being in a Keri Dogan, a senior vice presi- your • Do you anticipate rates. • tax Is nobracket t havingafter to tak e “re quired dent Fidelity Investments, puts lower you retire? “Mostatinvestors should consider minimum distributions” starting at it, are a potential • Are you a young professional having a Roth IRA as“hedge” part ofagainst their age 70½ factor? big earnfuture higher federal tax with timea critical for potential overall retirement plan income to potenDo you anticipate being in a rates. tially help minimize taxes and ings•gains? “Most investors should consider lower tax bracket after you retire? Finally, if you’d like to see maximize retirement savings,” • Are you a young professional having a Roth IRA as part of their a Roth IRA conversion sheoverall says. retirement plan to poten- whether with time for potential big earnMany help higher earners in particingsmake gains?financial sense for you, tially minimize taxes and may check out the Roth Conversion ular appear to have already gotFinally, if you’d like to see maximize retirement savings,” www.fidelity.com/IRA. tenshethe message. Hence the Evaluator whether at a Roth IRA conversion says. Many higher earners in particular appear to have already gotten the message. Hence the
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Boil Water Advisory: Think Before You Drink
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