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A Roth IRA is a smart move for retirees

By Tali Yahalom, Money Magazine

(Money Magazine) -- Q: My husband is retired, and I work part-time. Can we contribute to a Roth IRA for him this year? -- Martha Chamberlain, Lanesville, Ind.

A: Even if just one spouse has a paycheck, you can both put $5,000 ($6,000 if you're 50 or older) in Roth IRAs every year as long as your modified adjusted gross income (for joint filers) is below $169,000.

However, you can't invest more than what you earn from your part-time job.

Opening a Roth is a smart move, even for retirees, says tax attorney Kaye Thomas of Fairmark.com.

Unlike with a traditional IRA, you never have to make withdrawals. And if you don't need the money, your heirs will enjoy tax-free growth too, though kids who inherit a Roth will have to withdraw the money eventually  To top of page

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