Tax-Deferred Investments

Learn how to potentially have more money to compound and grow

What is tax deferred investing?

Choosing how to invest your hard-earned money can be overwhelming. But the worst thing you can do is nothing. Find out if tax deferral is a good investing option for you.

What is a tax-deferred investment?

With a tax-deferred investment, you pay federal income taxes when you withdraw money from your investment, instead of paying taxes up front. Any earnings your contributions produce while invested are also tax deferred.

Some investments also allow you to invest pre-tax dollars, so neither your contribution nor its potential earnings are taxed until they are withdrawn.

How does a tax-deferred investment work?

First, because your money is reinvested and no money is taken out for taxes, you have potentially more money to compound and grow. That means when you withdraw the funds, your investment may be larger than a similar investment that is subject to capital gains tax each year.

Second, if you're investing for retirement, you may be in a lower tax bracket when you withdraw the money than you are now.

Because tax-deferred investments are generally designed to help you invest for specific long-term goals (such as retirement or a child’s education), there are restrictions on when the money can be withdrawn without penalty. Early withdrawals may be subject to sales charges and fees. Withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to a 10% income tax penalty.

What types of tax-deferred investments are available?

Carefully consider your current and anticipated personal financial circumstances as well as changes in tax rates and tax treatment of investment earnings when making investment decisions.

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