Product Taxation at a Glance

 

 Deductible contributionsTax-deferred earningsAge of withdrawal without tax penaltyAge when minimum distribution is required
403(b) and 401(k) Retirement PlansYes
(your contributions, not your employer's).
Yes59½*70½**
KeoghYesYes59½*70½
Traditional IRAYes, up to $5,000
(if 50 or older, up to $6,000) in 2011 and 2012.***
Yes59½*70½
Roth IRANoYes, and distributions, including earnings, are completely tax free if held five or more years if a distributable event has occurred.59½, and distributions, including earnings, are completely tax free if held five or more years if a distributable event has occurred. (Contributions may always be withdrawn tax free.)*N/A
After-Tax AnnuitiesNoYes59½*90
529 College Savings PlansNo, but state deductions may be available.Yes, and qualified distributions, including earnings, are tax free.Qualified withdrawal rules vary from state to state. Nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes, and possible recapture provisions for state tax deduction amounts.N/A
Universal Life InsuranceNoYesWithdrawals may be made at any time without tax penalty, unless the policy is a modified endowment contract (MEC). Withdrawals and loans from a MEC prior to age 59½ may give rise to an early withdrawal penalty of 10% of the amount subject to tax.N/A
Mutual FundsNoNoWithdrawals may be made at any time without tax penalty.N/A
*Withdrawals of earnings are subject to ordinary income tax and a federal 10% penalty may apply prior to age 59½.
**Grandfathered amounts in 403(b) plans not subject to minimum distribution until age 75.
***Deductions are subject to income restrictions if participant or spouse participates in a retirement plan.
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