If your current place of employment does not offer a company-sponsored retirement plan, you’re in luck because you can save for retirement on your own. You can invest into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Investopedia defines an IRA as a savings account with tax advantages that individuals can use to save and invest for long-term. Anyone with earned income can invest their hard-earned money into an IRA, but they are subject to contributions limits and early withdrawal penalties (before age 59 ½). Another great aspect of an IRA is long-term tax advantaged growth, where you do not have to pay taxes on your gains until you take it out at age 72. You are required to withdraw a set amount each year based off your life expectancy. Now the million-dollar question is, when should you begin an IRA account? As early as your finances will allow you to contribute. You are able to increase/decrease your contributions as your financial situation changes.
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Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible depending on the taxpayer’s income, tax-filing status, and other factors. Withdrawal of pre-tax contributions and/or earnings will be subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to age 59 1/2, may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty.