So why all this fuss about Roth IRA? The simplest answer is because you need different buckets of income during retirement. There is the taxable bucket and the non-taxable bucket. Roth IRA falls under the non-taxable bucket so you can withdraw a million dollars (hopefully you will have at least that much), you will NEVER incur any taxes on it. It is a place where you can put your after-tax money now and EVERYTHING inside the Roth will grow tax free so when you retire, everything you withdraw will never be considered as income. Retirement is a whole other set topics to talk about since there are many different strategies one can do to make sure you don't run out of money when you retire. I can't stress enough that it is never too early to plan for your retirement. Invest now!
To break it down for you, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start a Roth IRA. Nor is it ever too late! If you know your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) is going to be less than $117k (for the year 2016), you are fully eligible to max the $5,500 annual contribution. If you can afford to transfer $100 there every month, please do so, some money is better than no money transferred and make sure to invest it in the market since you won't be touching the money till you retire.
If you need guidance with planning for your retirement, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free initial consultation and we can talk about how best I can serve your financial needs and goals. Please refer to the Contact page for my contact information. Thank you.
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