You must know the difference between tax deferred and tax free. Most people have their money in a 401K, 403B and IRA’S. In these plans, money has not been taxed, but will be taxed at a later date. Our economy is in sad shape and make no mistake, taxes will go up in the future to pay for infrastructure and all the country’s needs that are being neglected. It will be the middle class (what’s left of it) who will foot the bill for this. Corporations and banks will not, because they have powerful lobbyists and they write the laws. The sooner you move your money to tax free territory, the longer it will last. People are generally more afraid of running out of money then dying. Under these plans, 401K, 403B and IRA’S, Uncle Sam is your partner. Every time your balance increases so does the government share. Your savings are being eroded with a tax mortgage. The sooner you get rid of your partner, (IRS), the sooner you will know how much money is yours to keep. Remember, there are 2 parts to managing your retirement money. The first part is building and investing your money and the second part is taking your money out and enjoying your retirement. The second part is where all the tax rules come into play. Managing the taxes will have the biggest impact.
You cannot afford to lose money going into retirement or in retirement. Now that you know there is a tax problem, you need a plan for your retirement savings. There will be a cost to this, but the cost will be far a greater if you ignore the problem. Converting your IRA to a Roth IRA eliminates the risk of what future taxes could do to your retirement savings. The best time to convert is between ages 59 ½ and 70 ½ when there are no IRA distribution penalties. In my next article, I will talk about life insurance, trusts and more details on how to set up a Roth IRA.