Roth IRAs: A Tax-Free Strategy to Increase Wealth!

Roth IRAs are an excellent investment vehicle for most folks. The contributions are not tax-deductible, but your capital gains are tax-free. You can also withdraw your contributions at any point, without penalty, since you’ve already paid the taxes on that money. Those are two great advantages of Roth IRAs.

Here a few more interesting tidbits you might not know about:

1.You can use a Roth IRA to buy a house. You can take up to $10,000 of your earnings from your Roth IRA to put toward your home. The only catch is that you have to be a first-time homebuyer.

Be aware of how much it might cost you in the long-term to take money out of your Roth IRA. At 10.5% interest, that $10,000 is worth over $155k in 25 years. It might be best to find another source of funds, if possible. Consider your retirement.

2. Not everyone can get a Roth IRA. There are income limits and some people simply don’t qualify. The numbers can change from year to year, but for 2012, if you’re single and make more than $125,000, you cannot contribute to a Roth IRA. Likewise, if you’re married and filing jointly, the income limit is $183,000.



3. Dividends are free from taxes. Dividends on investments in your Roth IRA are not taxed. That might not seem like a big deal, but if you own a lot of dividend-paying stock, the amount can really add up over the decades.

4. You can contribute this year and claim it was contributed last year. Any time before tax day (usually April 15th), you can make a contribution and claim it for last year. That means if you were a little short on funds last year, you can still make your contribution and have the option of making another contribution for this year.

5. It can outlast you. If you or your spouse happens to die, the two accounts can be combined without any penalty. Whoever ever said the government never did anything nice for you didn’t know everything there was to know about IRAs.

6. It’s inheritable. Your IRA can be passed to your heirs without any penalty. With some planning, it’s a great way to pass money along after your death. Roth IRAs are very probate friendly, but see your attorney for more details.

7. Even if your spouse doesn’t work, they can still have a Roth IRA. Many people believe that you have to be working to contribute to a Roth IRA, but that simply isn’t true. Contribute to your spouse’s retirement, as well as your own. It’s beneficial to you both.


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Kenner French, is a former small business contributor at, author of three books, an executive at AI-focused, a keynote speaker, and a Dave Matthews Band fan!


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