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Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

It’s never too early to start planning for your future.

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are tax-advantaged savings programs that allow you to begin saving for your retirement, whether you are starting your first job or you are nearing the end of your professional career.

USSFCU can help you devise a savings strategy that best serves your retirement goals. USSFCU offers both Traditional and Roth IRAs, each of which has its own distinct tax advantages. Call us today to find an IRA savings strategy that works best for you.

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USSFCU offers both Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs to help its members save for retirement. Either may be opened as a savings account or a term certificate. Despite some different characteristics detailed in the comparison below, both Traditional and Roth IRAs at USSFCU share the following common elements:

  • Competitive dividend rates above standard savings rates
  • No set up fees or monthly/annual maintenance fees
  • A very low $5 minimum balance
  • The ability to purchase Share Certificate(s) with IRA funds
  • A $6,000 per year contribution limit1  2021 and 2022 contribution limit
  • Additional $1,000 “catch-up” contributions allowed for members ages 50 and above

Which approach is best for you? Traditional, Roth, or both? Give us a call and we’ll help you chart the best course for you and your family!

Annual contribution amount may change.

The main difference between Traditional and Roth IRAs, both of which are tax-advantaged retirement savings tools, is how these accounts are treated by the tax code.

A Traditional IRA from USSFCU may accept contributions of pre-tax or after-tax dollars and the dividends grow tax-deferred. When you make withdrawals after age 59½, they are treated as current income. In addition, contributions are potentially tax deductible depending on your filing status and income.

A Roth IRA from USSFCU is funded only with after-tax income. Therefore, contributory funds may be withdrawn at any time without tax penalties. When members make qualified withdrawals from their Roth IRAs after age 59½, earnings are not taxed.

Aside from these fundamental differences, Roth IRAs and Traditional IRAs also differ in a few other ways, which are described below.

Traditional IRAs

  • Anyone with earned income may open a Traditional IRA
  • Contributions are deductible from state and federal tax*
  • Earnings are tax deferred until withdrawal
  • Withdrawals may begin at age 59½ and are mandatory at age 72 when members are often in a lower tax bracket
  • Early withdrawals are subject to penalty**

Roth IRAs

  • No age limits for eligibility
  • Eligibility is subject to income limits based on filing status
  • Contributions are NOT tax deductible
  • No penalty for early withdrawal of contributory funds
  • Early withdrawals on earnings subject to penalty**
  • Earnings are 100% tax free on qualified distributions
  • No mandatory distribution age

*Subject to some minimal conditions. Consult a tax advisor.

**Certain exceptions apply, such as qualifying higher education expenses, first time home purchases, etc.

The Traditional and Roth Contribution Limits are the same for 2021 and 2022:

Total contributions to all of an individual’s Traditional and Roth IRAs may not be more than:

  • $6,000 ($7,000 if you're age 50 or older),
  • Or your taxable compensation for the year, if your compensation was less than this dollar limit.

2021 IRA Contribution Deadline:

  • The 2021 IRA contribution deadline is April 18, 2022

Reminder:

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act passed December 20, 2019:

  • Raised the age at which individuals must begin taking RMDs from their retirement accounts from 70 1/2 to 72. 
  • Allows taxpayers with earned income to make Traditional IRA contributions at any age.

Deposits at all federal credit unions and the vast majority of state-chartered credit unions are covered by National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) protection. Not one penny of insured savings has ever been lost by a member of a federally insured credit union.

Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save your money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the NCUSIF. Like the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund, the NCUSIF is a federal insurance fund backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government. 

For questions about the NCUA’s share insurance coverage, call 1.800.755.1030, option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, or send an email to [email protected]. This toolkit contains a variety of helpful resources for credit unions regarding the Share Insurance Fund.

Share Insurance Toolkit from MyCreditUnion.gov

The toolkit has great resources like estimators, publications, videos and more.

Share Insurance Toolkit

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