Individual Retirement Accounts

Individual Retirement Accounts

Traditional IRA

Lanier FCU offers a traditional IRA that pays competitive interest rates. Twelve to 60 month certificates are also available. A minimum of $500.00 is required to open an IRA certificate. Individual retirement accounts are a smart way to save for the future. A traditional IRA can be opened and funded without any employer participation. Contributions and/or earnings are tax-deferred until retirement. Unlike many employer plans, money in the account is always accessible; however, until age 59 1/2 there is a 10 percent tax early distribution unless you qualify for an exemption due to one of the following: disability, qualifying educational expenses, unemployment, qualifying first-home purchases, death, or receipt of your IRA assets in equal payments over your life expectancy.

Members under age 50 may contribute to an IRA at a maximum of $5,500 for year 2016. Members age 50 to under 70 1/2 limits increase to $6,500 for 2016.

For more information on a traditional IRA please contact the Member Services Department at the nearest branch office.

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Roth IRA

Roth IRAs differ from Traditional IRAs in that the money you contribute to a Roth IRA has already been taxed. So the principal amount is never subject to additional taxation or penalties in the future. This is as long as you stay within the contribution guidelines. This retirement plan allows the money you contribute to grow tax-deferred.

If you do not withdraw any of the earnings until you have had the plan for at least five years, or satisfy one of the qualifying events, those tax-deferred earnings become tax-free. Unlike the traditional IRA, there is no 70 1/2 age limit on making contributions. You simply need to have earned income equal to the amount you contribute up to a maximum of $5,500 for 2016. For members age 50 and older $6,500 for 2016.


Coverdell Education Savings Account

Coverdell Education savings account can be used to fund a child's education. An educational IRA can be opened for any child under the age of 18. You may contribute a maximum of $2,000 per year per child until the student's 18th birthday. The child is the account beneficiary. Like the Roth IRA, contributions to the account are not tax deductible but earnings accumulate tax free. Withdrawals from Educational IRAs can be used to pay for tuition, books, supplies and room and board (for fulltime students).

If a child does not attend college, the money must be withdrawn by the time he or she turns 30. Those earnings are subject to income tax and the 10% penalty. The Coverdell Education savings account can also be rolled over without penalty to another member of the family.

* LFCU provides no legal advice to members. You should consult with your tax or legal adviser regarding the current status of applicable federal and state laws.