President Obama introduced a new retirement savings plan during his State of the Union address. Geared toward workers who do not have an employer-based plan, the myRA is designed as a “starter” retirement savings account for those whose small contributions to a traditional or Roth IRA would be eaten up by investment fees. The myRA addresses the issue of high minimums by setting the initial investments low: it costs $25 to open an account, with a $5 minimum contribution per paycheck.
Subsequent to the initial investment, the money can be rolled into a Roth IRA after 30 years or when the balance reaches $15,000. The money is invested in the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund).
Like a Roth IRA, myRA contributions are made with after-tax dollars and grow tax-deferred. Also like a Roth, the availability will be limited by income (married couples with modified adjusted gross incomes up to $191,000 and individuals earning up to $129,000). The money put into a myRA account can be withdrawn tax-free at any time without penalty, subject to the same restrictions as the Roth.
That said, the myRA is different from the Roth in that: 1) it requires a low minimum investment; 2) participants will be able to contribute through payroll deductions; and 3) there is no investment fee cost.
To recap the basics, the myRA is a starter plan for someone who has no employer-based savings plan, is under a specific income threshold, and may have limited funds to contribute. Retirement plans are often included in one’s estate plan; as such, examination of a plan befitting and furthering your specific needs and goals should be discussed with a financial or estate planning professional.
Contributed by MH Phoenix Estate Planning Attorney Andrea Claus.
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