Individual Retirement Account

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Individual Retirement Accounts: Why bother? I by b William K. W English 121 Mr. Frost September 22, 1996 S Outline Thesis: When planning for retirement, Individual Retirement Accounts offer several benefits; however, careful planning is essential to ensure that: upon retirement there is an adequate amount of money saved, that the heirs to the IRA are chosen carefully, and that unnecessary taxes and penalties are avoided. I. Upon retirement there is an adequate amount of money saved. A. How much money necessary to retire? 1. Social Security verses retirement. 2. Savings Accounts verses retirement. 3. Advantages of starting an IRA early. II. Careful selection of the heirs to the Individual Retirement Account. A. Advantage of leaving IRA to spouse 1. Special rights as a spouse. 2. Different options the spouse has for claiming money. III. Avoiding unnecessary taxes and penalties. 1. Recoverable trust as beneficiary. 2. Taking money out before the age of 59 1/2. 3. Penalties for leaving money in too long. Many people often live their lives without considering how they plan to retire. People do not realize that the idea of living solely on the benefits of social security is not realistic. In order to secure a comfortable future, people must have some type of additional income. Sacrificing a small amount of money into an IRA at a relatively early age could make a considerable difference in the lives of people upon retirement. When planning for retirement, Individual Retirement Accounts offer several benefits; however, careful planning is essential to ensure that: upon retirement there is an adequate amount of money saved, that the heirs to the IRA are chosen carefully, and that unnecessary taxes and penalties are avoided. It is important to consider how much money will be needed for a comfortable retirement. Careful planning is essential when considering an item with such importance. Phaneuf states that, according to figures used by most financial planners, upon retirement the average person will need roughly seventy percent of
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their current income to continue living their present lifestyles (94). With only income from Social Security and money saved in bank accounts, most people are unable to achieve this goal. Furthermore, one must also consider, for a retirement account to be effective the account has to maintain interest rates above that of inflation. Inflation increases approximately four percent annually; and standard bank accounts barely beat this rate. In fact, at present, most savings accounts have an interest rate below four percent. Thus, regular savings accounts are not a practical method to save for retirement; however, IRA's offer deferred taxes on the
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