You might be asking yourself what the Jackson Five has to do with the Roth IRA five year rule for qualified withdrawals? I’m sad to say, “Absolutely nothing”. Other than then number “five”, of course. I just thought it was fitting with all the recent tributes to the King of Pop to have my own. Now that I have your attention…..
The basics of the Roth IRA include the phrase “Tax Free Money”. That phrase makes the Roth IRA the most attractive retirement planning tool of our time. When it comes to the intricacies of the Roth IRA, in regards to how it works, some confusion can set in. One provision of the Roth IRA that can leave many scratching their heads is the Roth IRA Distributions Rules For Withdrawals: 5 year rule.
The Five Year Rule pertains to when you can take qualified distributions from your Roth IRA tax and penalty free. Nobody wants to pay tax and penalties, right? That’s why it’s important to know how the Roth IRA withdraw rule works. Just to add more fun to the mix, you need to first know that there are two sets of Five Year rules. One pertains to Roth IRA contributions and the other pertains to Roth IRA conversions. We’ll begin with Roth IRA contributions.