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What Is A Roth IRA ?

A Roth IRA is a special, nondeductible IRA. Earnings are tax-deferred and tax-free upon withdrawal if certain requirements are met. (If requirements are not met, taxes and penalties may apply). Contributions are not tax-deductible. You may continue making Roth IRA contributions after age 70 1/2 if you have earned income. Your modified adjusted gross income must be below certain limits depending on your tax filing status and you or your spouse must have earned income. You are not required to take mandatory distributions at any age during your lifetime. Non-spouse beneficiaries are subject to minimum distributions rules.

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