Kevin Smith, CFP®, Director of Fenimore’s Private Client Services, provides insights on this popular subject.
Make offering a retirement plan easy for you—and your employees. Reluctant to have a retirement plan because of the cost and complexity of typical employer-sponsored plans? SEP, SIMPLE IRA, and Individual(k) plans are different. They are easier to administer and less expensive to maintain.
Not all retirement plans are the same. All of today’s most popular employer-sponsored retirement plans—the SEP, SIMPLE IRA, profit sharing, 401(k), and Individual(k)—are designed to help you and your employees make the most of saving for retirement on the job. But each plan has different features and requirements. One type of plan may be a better fit over another for your particular business.
Whether your retirement is close or still a ways off, you may be ready-or required-to put your savings to use. With a retirement plan, you must satisfy certain requirements before taking a distribution, but with an IRA, you can withdraw your IRA assets anytime (subject to possible tax and penalty).
Save money now when you save money for later. By using a Traditional IRA to save for your future, you may be able to save money today if you are eligible to deduct Traditional IRA contributions on your federal income tax return, or you qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,000.
Choose the way you save. There are two types of individual retirement arrangements (IRAs): Traditional and Roth. Though the eligibility requirements differ, often the decision of whether to contribute to a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA depends on your income. Both offer flexibility, accessibility, and valuable tax benefits.
Did you know that, if you are at least 70½ years old, you can make tax-free charitable donations directly from your IRA? By making what's called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), you can benefit your favorite charity while excluding up to $100,000 annually from gross income. These gifts, also known as "charitable IRA rollovers," would otherwise be taxable IRA distributions.
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In this short educational video Shaun Fagant, Shareholder Relations, clearly defines a Roth IRA Conversion. If you would like more information about a Roth IRA Conversion, please watch our other video, “Roth Conversions” or contact us at 800.932.3271.
Both Traditional and Roth IRAs feature tax-sheltered growth of earnings and give you a variety of investment choices. However, there are important differences between these two types of IRAs. You must understand these differences before you can choose the type of IRA that's best for you. Learn how Traditional and Roth IRAs compare and contrast.
A simplified employee pension (SEP) is a written plan that allows small-business owners to make retirement contributions to traditional IRAs (SEP-IRAs) set up for themselves and for each eligible employee. These contributions may be deducted from your business’s income and excluded from your employees’ income.
An individual retirement account (IRA) is a personal savings plan that offers specific tax benefits. IRAs are one of the most powerful retirement savings tools available to you. Even if you’re contributing to a 401(k) or other plan at work, you might also consider investing in an IRA.
Concerned about future tax rates? You may want to consider converting your Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. A Roth conversion is a permissible transaction that allows you to pay income taxes on some or all your retirement assets when you convert and benefit from taxfree withdrawals in the future.