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Roth IRA

Let your earnings grow tax-free with a Roth IRAFootnote 1

With a Roth IRA, you could potentially avoid paying income tax on qualified withdrawals, plus there are no mandatory withdrawals.Footnote 1

Roth IRA Account Benefits

Contribute using your after-tax dollars

Enjoy potentially tax-free growth for your assetsFootnote 1

Make withdrawals without paying income tax

Invest in stocks, mutual funds, ETFs and more

What is my contribution limit for a Roth IRA?
You may be eligible to contribute up to $7,000 per year ($8,000 if you are 50 or older).Footnote 2

Interested in a Roth IRA conversion?

You may be able to convert your account to a Roth IRA and potentially have your assets grow tax-free plus make flexible withdrawals without paying income taxes.Footnote 3
Because income restrictions for IRA conversions have been lifted indefinitely, anyone is eligible to convert to a Roth IRA. Use our online calculator to find out if a conversion is right for you.
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Accounts eligible for a roth ira conversion

  • Traditional IRA
  • Other tax-qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s and 457(b)s

Which retirement account is right for you?

Compare the features of retirement accounts available at Merrill, find out which ones you're eligible for and learn about details like contribution limits and potential tax advantages.

What's a key difference between a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA?

With a Roth IRA, you always contribute after-tax dollars and make potentially tax-free withdrawals in retirement. With a traditional IRA, your contributions may be tax deductible. Taxes are deferred until you make withdrawals.

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Find the investments that work for your portfolio, whether you're interested in trading stocks, ETFs, mutual funds or fixed income investments.
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Footnote 1 There is a single, 5-year holding period when determining whether earnings can be withdrawn federal (and, in most cases, state) income tax-free as part of a qualified distribution from a Roth IRA. This period begins January 1 of the year of the first contribution to any Roth IRA account.

Contribution and compensation limits are subject to a cost-of-living adjustment annually pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code. Contribution and compensation limits for subsequent years may vary.
You have choices about what to do with your employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth IRA, roll over an employer-sponsored plan from your old job to your new employer, take a distribution, or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment (particularly with reference to employer stock), and different types of protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. For more information visit our rollover page or call Merrill at 888.637.3343.
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