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May 12, 2009

Retirement Account (or Retirement Savings Account)

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An account that is established for the purpose of saving for retirement.

Retirement accounts can include features such as:
  • Tax-deferred growth on earnings
  • Tax-free growth on earnings
  • And earnings that are taxed for the year in which the earnings are accrued- commonly referred to as after-tax accounts.
Referring Cites
IRC § 408(a), IRC § 408A, IRC § 401(a), IRC § 403(a), IRC § 403(b), IRC § 457(b)
Additional Helpful Information
Tax-deferred retirement savings include:
Tax-free retirement savings accounts include:
After-tax accounts include regular savings accounts

Written By

Denise Appleby

Denise is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA resources for financial/ tax/legal professionals. She has over 20 years of experience in the retirement plans field, which includes training and technical consultation.

Denise writes and publishes educational /marketing tools for advisors; available at Denise co-authored several books on IRAs

Denise is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School, where she obtained a Masters of Jurisprudence in Employee Benefits, and has earned 5 professional retirement designations.
She has appeared on numerous media programs, sharing her insights on retirement tax laws.


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