You open a Roth IRA at a brokerage or bank, like Merrill Edge, Fidelity, or Charles Schwab.
To open a Roth IRA, you need to open an account at an online brokerage account or a bank, like Barclays or TD Ameritrade, and get approved before opening the account. You need to pay a 3 percent service fee to the broker or bank.
But wait! How do I know when to take the $5,000 deduction for Roth contributions?
According to companies like SoFi, the IRS requires you to take the $5,000 deduction for the year you opened your Roth IRA in order to take the full amount back on tax day. That’s the reason it’s easier to wait to take the Roth IRA deduction after you have opened the account and had an account open for at least six months.
You can still take the full amount back in the year you open the Roth IRA account. You just need to be able to deduct the $5,000 as an expense on your federal income tax return.
You can open a Roth IRA at any time from the moment you turn age 59 1/2, and you don’t have to wait to take the deduction once you have started earning enough income to put into the account. If you only open your Roth IRA in 2010, you can take the full $5,000 deduction now even if you haven’t started taking contributions yet. However, you will only be able to take the deduction if you can take the full $5,000 deduction on your 2010 federal income tax return.
But, if you’re close to retirement and your life situation doesn’t change, you can delay the deduction until you’re older. This will help you to not have to pay income taxes on the full amount of your Roth IRA contributions that you make in 2012.
If you can take the full deduction this year, keep it until you retire and you can then deduct the full amount of your 2010 contribution using the standard deduction in 2015. (The standard deduction is currently $6,350 for singles and $12,700 for married couples.)
Keep a minimum required minimum distribution
As an account holder in a Roth IRA, you have to take a minimum required minimum distribution (RMD) once the account balance is gone. (If you’re not sure how much you have in a Roth IRA account, take the required minimum distribution.) It’s important to take a RMD if you have more than enough money in a Roth IRA account to take full advantage of the retirement savings and investment opportunities you have. This money will stay in the Roth IRA until you die, at which point your heirs get to spend it or you get to take a RMD to help replenish your account.
Here’s what you need to know about Roth IRAs and the RMD: You’re required to take a RMD once your account balance goes negative.
You’ll be required to pay taxes on the RMD.
You don’t need to take a RMD at the same time as taking withdrawals. This means you can take withdrawals in any tax year without paying taxes on them. This is important to remember: If your total retirement account balance goes negative, you’re required to take a RMD.
If your total retirement account balance goes negative, you’re required to take a RMD. You can get your money out of a Roth IRA at any time after the RMD is applied.