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6 Retirement Accounts You Should Know About (Part 2)

Money Girl explains different types of retirement accounts you can use to grow a healthy nest egg.

By
Laura Adams, MBA,
April 23, 2013
Episode #311

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6 Retirement Accounts You Should Know About (Part2)

This is the second episode in a 2-part series about 6 different retirement plans created for individuals, employees, and businesses. In Part 1, I covered the first 3 accounts—so make sure to go back and check that out.  

Today we’ll discuss the remaining 3 plans that make it easy to set aside money for retirement and slash your tax bill.

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Here’s a brief review of the first 3 types of retirement accounts that I covered in Part 1 of this series:

Type #1: Traditional IRA

A traditional IRA is a plan for individuals only. Contributions to the account are never taxed until you take withdrawals during retirement.

Type #2: Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is also a plan that’s only for individuals. Its major difference from a traditional IRA is that contributions are taxed upfront. However, withdrawals of contributions and earnings during retirement are tax free.

For 2013, you can contribute a total of $5,500 to a Roth IRA, a traditional IRA, or to a combination of both.

Type #3: 401(k) Plan

A 401(k) is a pre-tax plan for individuals—however, it can only be established by an employer. Just like with a traditional IRA, your contributions and earnings are never taxed until you take withdrawals during retirement. Some employers may also offer a Roth 401(k) option, where you make after-tax contributions that grow completely tax free.

For 2013, your total contribution to any type of 401(k) can’t exceed $17,500 or $23,000 if you’re age 50 or older. That’s in addition to any amounts your employer may contribute on your behalf.

Check out Part 1 of this series for more details on each of these retirement plans.

The last 3 types of retirement accounts that we’ll cover can be used by businesses or those who are self-employed:

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