Individual Retirement Accounts - IRAs & Rollovers - Waukesha Wisconsin


Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and IRA Rollovers are great ways to invest and save for retirement. The two most common types of IRAs are, Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs.

Traditional IRAs:
  • Contributions may be tax deductible. This often leads to a lower tax bill in the year you make the contributions.
  • The money has the potential to grow tax-deferred until you withdraw it, typically in retirement.
  • Withdrawals made after age 59½ are taxed but not penalized.
  • A potential downside to the Traditional IRA is that you'll be forced to begin withdrawing money and paying taxes on those withdrawals when you reach age 70½ whether you need the money or not. These required minimum distributions (RMDs) can cause you to pay taxes and draw down the account sooner than you might like.
  • Traditional IRA distributions are taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% Federal tax penalty if distributions are taken prior to age 59½.
Roth IRAs:
  • Contributions are made with after-tax dollars. There is no immediate tax break for making contributions to the Roth.
  • The money has the potential to grow tax-deferred until you withdraw it, typically in retirement.
  • One of the big advantages to a Roth IRA is that the amount you contributed (not including earnings) can be withdrawn anytime without taxes or penalties.
  • Another advantage is that earnings can be distributed tax free and penalty free if the account is at least five years old for any of the following:
    • You are at least 59½
    • Qualified first-time home purchase
    • Death or Disability
  • You are not required to take distributions (RMDs), so if you don't need the money you can pass the account to your beneficiaries and they can take advantage of tax free withdrawals.
Over time most people find themselves with IRAs and other retirement accounts in multiple locations.  IRA Rollovers can help simplify things:
  • IRAs from a former employer, brokerage firm, insurance company or bank can be combined or "rolled" in a single account.
  • 401(k) plans, 457 plans, 403(b) plans, Tax Sheltered Annuities (TSAs), and most pension plans can be directly transferred into an IRA as well.  This "rollover" feature allows you to consolidate your former employer accounts into one IRA without paying taxes or penalties.*
  • Rollovers into IRAs allow you to take control of your assets.  Within an IRA you'll have access to countless investment options in a single account.
  • Consolidating accounts can avoid the need to take distributions from multiple accounts at multiple investment firms.  It can also make life simpler for you and your heirs.

Please keep in mind that rolling over assets to an IRA is just one of multiple options for your retirement plan. Each of the following options are different and may have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
1. Roll assets to an IRA
2. Leave assets in your former employer’s plan, if plan allows
3. Move assets to your new/existing employer’s plan, if plan allows
4. Cash out or take a lump sum distribution

When considering rolling over assets from an employer plan to an IRA, factors that should be considered and compared between the employer plan and the IRA include fees & expenses, services offered, investment options, when penalty free withdrawals are available, treatment of employer stock, when required minimum distributions begin and protection of assets from creditors & bankruptcy. Investing and maintaining assets in an IRA will generally involve higher costs than those associated with employer-sponsored retirement plans. You should consult with the plan administrator and a professional tax advisor before making any decisions regarding your retirement assets.

*Withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax and may be subject to a federal 10% penalty if taken prior to age 59½.

Please call to discuss your IRA and rollover options in detail (262) 798-3787


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