- Contributions can be made if you have earned income
- You contribute already taxed funds (after-tax funds) to a Roth IRA
- You cannot take a tax deduction for your Roth IRA contribution like you can for a Traditional IRA
- You can make Roth IRA contributions both before and after age 70 ½ whereas Traditional IRAs cannot accept contributions after you reach age 70 ½.
- Qualified withdrawals are income-tax free (a withdrawal made after any Roth account has been established for 5 years and the Roth owner is over the age of 59 ½ or qualifies for the first-time home buyer exception or the distribution is due to the account owner’s death or disability)
- You can also have and contribute to a spousal Roth IRA, based on your income even if your spouse has no earned income
- Withdrawals of converted amounts may be subject to the 10 percent early distribution penalty if the 5-year exclusion period has not been met (this is a separate 5-year period from the one noted above) and the Roth owner is under age 59 ½ at the time of the withdrawal
- Roth IRAs are exempt from Required minimum distributions for owners only
- Roth IRA designated beneficiaries can stretch distributions over their lifetimes just like traditional IRA beneficiaries
- All contributions and distributions must flow through the Roth IRA not the LLC.
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