The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 created a variety of new IRA options. Not only did it change rules for the traditional IRA, but it also introduced the Roth and Education IRA (now known as the Coverdell ESA). These options were improved by the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.
Traditional IRAs are more attractive than ever because expanded income limits mean more people will be able to make tax-deductible contributions. In addition, penalty-free withdrawals are allowed for qualified higher education expenses and for a first-time home purchase.
Contributions to the Roth IRA or Coverdell ESA (Education IRA) aren’t tax deductible, but the accounts offer the opportunity for tax-free earnings.
Your tax adviser can offer more guidance on which type of IRA may be best for your needs.
Current contribution limits:
- Traditional and Roth $5,000 for year 2009
- Coverdell ESA $2,000 annually
Exception: If you are 50 years of age and older, you may ‘catch-up’ your contributions in the amount of $1,000 in the years 2006 and later.
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All funds in a “noninterest-bearing transaction account” are insured in full by the National Credit Union Administration. This unlimited coverage is in addition to, and separate from, the coverage of at least $250,000 available to members under the NCUA’s general share insurance rules. The term “noninterest-bearing transaction account” includes a traditional share draft account (or demand deposit account) on which the insured credit union pays no interest or dividend. It does not include any transaction account that may earn interest or dividends, a negotiable order of withdrawal (“NOW”) account, money-market deposit account, and Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (“IOLTA”), even if share drafts may be drawn on the account. IRA accounts may be subject to an annual maintenance fee and/or early withdrawal fees. For more information about temporary NCUA insurance coverage of transaction accounts, visit www.ncua.gov.