A Roth IRA is a retirement account where you can make contributions with after-tax dollars. Owners of Roth IRAs are allowed to make annual contributions up to $5,500, or $6,500 if they are 50 years or older. Any contributions and profits may be withdrawn tax-free and penalty-free for qualified distributions.

To be considered a qualified distribution from a Roth IRA, you must meet two requirements. First, the account must be established and funded for at least five years before a qualified distribution can occur. Second, any one of the following must be true:

  • The owner is at least 59.5 years old

  • The distribution is being used to purchase the owner's first home and doesn’t exceed $10,000

  • The owner is or has become disabled at the time of the distribution

  • The owner has passed away, and distributions are made to the beneficiary of the account holder.

Please visit the IRS website for more information about contribution limits and qualified distributions. 

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