|DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS||TAX-DEFERRED EARNINGS||AGE OF WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL TAX PENALTY||AGE WHEN MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION IS REQUIRED|
|403(b) and 401(k) Retirement Plans||Yes|
(your contributions, not your employer's).
|Traditional IRA||Yes, up to $5,000|
(if 50 or older, up to $6,000) in 2011 and 2012.3
|Roth IRA||No4||Yes, and distributions, including earnings, are completely tax free if held five or more years if a distributable event has occurred.||59½, and distributions, including earnings, are completely tax free if held five or more years if a distributable event has occurred. (Contributions may always be withdrawn tax free.)1||N/A|
|529 College Savings Plans||No, but state deductions may be available.||Yes, and qualified distributions, including earnings, are tax free.||Qualified withdrawal rules vary from state to state. Nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes, and possible recapture provisions for state tax deduction amounts.||N/A|
|Universal Life Insurance||No||Yes||Withdrawals may be made at any time without tax penalty, unless the policy is a modified endowment contract (MEC). Withdrawals and loans from a MEC prior to age 59½ may give rise to an early withdrawal penalty of 10% of the amount subject to tax.||N/A|
|Mutual Funds||No||No||Withdrawals may be made at any time without tax penalty.||N/A|
1 For pre-tax plans: All withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax and a federal 10% penalty may apply prior to age 59½. For post-tax plans: Withdrawals of earnings are subject to ordinary income tax and a federal 10% penalty may apply prior to age 59½.
2 Grandfathered amounts in 403(b) plans not subject to minimum distribution until age 75.
3 Deductions are subject to income restrictions if participant or spouse participates in a retirement plan. Minimum distributions at age 70 ½ may not be required from the plan of your current employer until you retire, be sure to check with your plan provider.
4 Must meet adjusted gross income requirements to be eligible for a Roth IRA.
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