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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Individual Retirement Account that allows contributors to invest up to $2,000 per year, and to withdraw the principal and earnings totally tax-free under certain conditions.
A new type of IRA, established in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, which allows taxpayers, subject to certain income limits, to save for retirement while allowing the savings to grow tax-free. Taxes are paid on contributions, but withdrawals, subject to certain rules, are not taxed at all.
An individual retirement plan that bears many similarities to the Traditional IRA. Contributions are never deductible, and qualified distributions are tax-free. A qualified distribution is one that is taken at least five years after the taxpayer established his/her first Roth IRA and when he/she is age 59½, disabled, or using the withdrawal to purchase a first home (limit $10,000), or deceased (in which case the beneficiary collects).