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 Retirement Accounts, Regular Accounts,
 and Annuities

     Why? ’Cause ya’ gotta’ put yers money somewhere!
Regular Taxable Accounts versus                                              2

Retirement Accounts
            Bonds “Cash”                          Bonds
     Stocks Options        Futures     Stocks                  “Cash”
  Margining      Real Estate
        Mutual Funds Shorting                   Mutual Funds

       Taxable Account                 Retirement Account
            Regular account            IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Roth IRA, etc.

        No limit on contributions          Strict limits on contributions
      No limits on investment types      Strict limits on investment types
          Pay taxes every year          Tax-deferred (Roth IRA – tax-free)

  Although there are many subtle and not-so-subtle differences, the
    major differences are how they are taxed by the IRS, how much
  money you can contribute, and what you can have in the account.

Types of Retirement Accounts
   Pre-tax Contributions
       401(k), 403(b) for private & public employees
       Traditional IRA for everyone
       SEP-IRA, SIMPLE IRA, Keogh for self-employed
       Tax Break Now
         Deduct contributions from income tax
         Pay Taxes in Retirement
   Post-tax Contributions
     Roth IRA for (almost) everyone
     “Roth 401(k),” “Roth 403(b)”
     Tax Break Later
        Tax-Free in Retirement!

Individual Retirement Arrangement
              “What? I thought it stood for Individual Retirement Account!?”

  The most popular personal retirement plan
  Now referred to as the “Traditional IRA”
      Anyone with earned income can contribute to a
       Traditional IRA
      Contributions are normally tax-deductible (“pre-tax”)
        Unless you have a retirement plan at your employment
         and make over a certain amount
      Contribution limits are increasing
      Investment grows tax-deferred
      You pay taxes on the money as you withdraw it once
       you are retired
        Normally, after 59½ years of age
      Mandatory withdraws begin at age 70½

And the IRA’s Many Cousins…
  401(k) – corporations and other businesses
  403(b), 457, 401(a) – public organizations
  SEP IRA – self-employed, small business
  SIMPLE IRA – self-employed, small business
  Simple 401(k) – self-employed, small business
  SAR SEP – self-employed, small business
  Keogh – self-employed, small business
  Roth IRA – “post-tax” contributions
      Now “Roth 401(k)’s” – “Roth 403(b)’s”

          They all work very much like the Traditional IRA except for
                    the Roth IRA, “Roth 401(k),” and “Roth 403(b).”
A Pre-tax Contribution Lowers Your                     6

Taxes Now Example: 401(k), 403(b), Traditional IRA
             You contribute via your paycheck: $100

    Your Federal tax withholding is lowered by:      $25
  Your California tax withholding is lowered by:      $8
                     Total government subsidy:       $33

       Your take home pay is only reduced by:        $67

  But the whole $100 still goes into your account

“So What is the Catch?”
   You pay income tax on any amounts
    withdrawn in retirement
     But people in retirement are usually in a
      lower tax bracket
       If not, Congratulations!
   If you withdraw the funds before retirement…
     You pay the income tax, and
     You pay a 10% penalty
       Exceptions for first home purchase ($10,000),
        higher education, medical disability and
        financial hardship (hard to get accepted by IRS)
A Post-tax Contribution Gives No Tax                8

Break Now Example: Roth IRA, “Roth 401(k)”
                  You contribute to a Roth IRA: $100

   Your Federal tax withholding is lowered by:     $0
  Your California tax withholding is lowered by:   $0
                     Total government subsidy:     $0

        Your disposable income is reduced by: $100

        So Why Contribute to a Roth IRA?

“Because a Roth IRA is So Cool!”
    Tax-Free in Retirement is a Golden Opportunity
      No other investment choice comes close
      Eventually, they will probably be gotten rid of
    Plus, you can withdraw the contributions at
     any time with no penalty
      You have already paid tax on the contributions
  This makes the Roth IRA also an excellent
     intermediate-term investment account
      Purchase of a house or other high-ticket item
      Great for college expenses
        Currently not used in Financial Aid calculations

But a Roth IRA is Not for Everyone
     Limitations on Roth IRAs Contributions
       Only single taxpayers with an AGI of $105,000 or
        less and married couples with an AGI of
        $167,000 or less can fully contribute to a Roth
         If you don’t qualify, Congratulations!
       But you can contribute to a Roth IRA anyway
          If you find that you have made over the limit, you
           can “recharacterize” the contributions into a
           Traditional IRA (which does not have the same
           income limitations) before you file your taxes
          And then you convert the Traditional IRA to a Roth
            I know. I know. Who voted for these bozos?
                Oh, yeah. We did…

IRA / Roth IRA Contribution Limits
       Year            Under 50           Age 50 and Over
       2010             $5,000                $6,000
       2011              5,000                 6,000

      Contributions are limited to the lesser of your gross salary or the
     maximum yearly contribution. If you make at least $5,000 in year
  2010, you have until April 15, 2011, to put the maximum into a IRA or
    Roth IRA. Your spouse is also eligible even if he/she does not work.

401(k), 403(b) Contribution Limits

       Year               Under 50                50 & Over
       2010               $16,500                  $22,000
       2011                  16,500                   22,000
        Contributions are limited to the lesser of your gross salary or the
     maximum yearly contribution. (Same rules as Traditional IRA / Roth
  IRA.) In other words, if you make $16,500 in year 2010, you could put
   your entire income into a 401(k) or 403(b) or 457. These amounts are
  indexed to inflation. There is a loophole in the law that allows those in
      the public sector to “double contribute” $16,500 into a 403(b) and
      $16,500 into a 457 – or $22,000 and $22,000 if you are 50 or over!
Tax Credit for Low Income                                              13

 Up to 50% of contributions
 Maximum of $2,000
 Based on Adjusted Gross Income
   $26,500 or less – single filers
   $53,000 or less – married filing jointly
   $39,750 or less – head of household
 Reminder: A tax credit is a dollar for dollar
  reduction of income taxes
   If you do your own taxes, do not forget this. If you have someone
        do them, make sure to remind them you put money away in a
                   retirement account. TurboTax handles these well.

“Roth 401(k)” / “Roth 403(b)”
 If your employer offers the option, you are
  able to place after-tax dollars into your
  401(k) or 403(b) accounts
    Just like a Roth IRA
    Employer matches will continue to be pre-tax
    However, contributions are not able to be
     withdrawn without penalty or taxes until
     retirement (unlike a Roth IRA)
      This is a great option for those who do not need the tax
  break now. However, unless your employer offers matching
                          contributions, I prefer the Roth IRA.

What is an Annuity?
   An annuity is a life insurance product
    designed to provide a guaranteed income
     Annuity options include income for a set number
      of years, for as long as you live, or for as long as
      you and your spouse (or other dependent) lives if
      he or she outlives you
     The amount you get is based on which of the
      above options you pick, how much you have
      contributed, and how well your annuity
      investments have performed over time
       Fixed annuities (invests in bonds)
       Variable annuities (invests in mutual funds)
Advantages and Disadvantages of                                  16

Tax-Deferred Annuities
   Can be funded with retirement account dollars
    or after-tax dollars
     No limit on contributions
   Interest earned is tax deferred
     You pay taxes on any pre-tax annuity
      contributions and all tax-deferred earnings as you
      withdraw them in retirement
     As with other retirement plans, when you retire
      you will likely be in a lower income tax bracket
   Downside – Very high fees!
     Annuity company usually takes between 1½% to
      3% every year! (That is on top of the mutual fund fees!)

Review: Account Types
  Regular Account
    Taxes paid each year
  Retirement: Pre-tax Contribution
    Traditional IRA, 401(k), 403(b), SEP IRA, etc.
    Tax-deferred (Taxes paid in retirement)
  Retirement: Post-tax Contribution
    Roth IRA, “Roth 401(k),” “Roth 403(b)”
    Tax-free in retirement
  Annuity
    High fees
    Earnings tax-deferred

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