Starting a Roth IRA for a Teen – Presented by Mark K. Lund, Investment Advisor

This early financial decision could prove helpful over time.

Want to give your child or grandchild a great financial start? A Roth IRA might be a choice to consider. There are many reasons why starting a Roth IRA for a teenager may be a sound financial strategy. Read on to learn more about how doing this may benefit both of you.

Tax-free benefits during retirement. Setting up a Roth IRA for the teenager in your life could prime them to have more retirement savings. Plus, a Roth IRA has the potential to accumulate over the years, and the owner may be able to better manage their tax burden if they withdraw the money after age 59½.1

For example, a 19-year-old who contributes $5,000 a year to a Roth IRA, which earns 8% for 40 years, would be positioned to have about $1.4 million by age 59. Of course, this is a hypothetical example that’s used for illustrative purposes only. It is not representative of any specific investment or combination of investments. Actual results will fluctuate.2

Greater earning potential, thanks to the magic of compound interest. Setting up a Roth IRA for a teenager is a great way to introduce them to basic financial concepts, such as compound interest. Giving your teen a hands-on learning experience may help them understand the value of saving for the future. You might also be facilitating your child or grandchild to develop lifelong financial habits.3

Looking ahead to the future. If money is withdrawn before age 59 ½, there may be a penalty assessed. This is typically a 10% I.R.S. penalty, but in some circumstances, it can be more. There is, however, a notable exception. Up to $10,000 of earnings can be taken out of a Roth IRA at any time if the money is used to buy a first home. In this particular case, the I.R.S. waives the early withdrawal penalty. Should your teenager become a parent someday, a portion of those Roth IRA assets might also be utilized to pay college tuition costs for themself or their child.1,4

Keep in mind that this article is for informational purposes only. It’s not a replacement for real-life advice, so make sure to consult your tax, legal, and accounting professionals before modifying any Roth IRA strategy.

Rules for gifting a Roth IRA. Setting up a Roth IRA for a teen means that you can gift them some of the funds to get it started, provided that your teen is earning income. So, if your 15-year-old has earned $6,000 at a summer job, you can gift them up to $6,000 (the maximum annual contribution) to invest in a Roth IRA. The amount gifted or contributed cannot exceed the teen’s income, however, and the annual contribution limits to a Roth IRA still apply. What’s more, you may also realize a tax perk. If you make the initial contribution to the Roth IRA as a parent or grandparent, that money can count as a gift within your $15,000 yearly gift tax exclusion ($30,000 for a married couple).5

There are a few things to consider when setting up a custodial Roth IRA. Setting up a Roth IRA for a minor is often referred to as a custodial IRA. Until the child is able to take it over, you act as the custodian of the account. Individual state laws determine when the minor child is able to take over management of the Roth IRA for themselves.1,4

You should always consult with an investment advisor or your tax professional to ensure that you and your minor child are following all federal and state regulations. If this is something you’re considering doing for a loved one, I’d be happy to talk with you further.

If you ever have any questions about your investments or retirement plans, please feel free to give me a call at 801-545-0696.

 

Citations.
1 – USNews.com, February 21, 2020
2 – Bankrate.com, July 23, 2020
3 – Forbes.com, February 13, 2020
4 – USNews.com, January 1, 2020
5 – IRS.gov, January 16, 2020

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Mark K. Lund is the author of The Effective Investor, a #1 Best Seller, and founder of Stonecreek Wealth Advisors, Inc. an independent, fee-only, Registered Investment Advisory firm. He has provided articles for or been quoted in: The Wall Street Journal, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Enterprise Newspaper, The Utah Business Connect Magazine, US News & World Report, and Newsmax.com, just to name a few.  Mark publishes two newsletters called, “The Mark Lund Growth Report” and “Mark Lund on Money.”  Mark provides CPE (continuing professional education) courses for CPAs.  You may also have seen him on KUTV Channel 2, or as a guest speaker at a local association or business. Mark provides investment and retirement planning services for individuals and 401(k) consulting for small businesses. In his book, The Effective Investor, Mark exposes the false narrative magazines, media, big Wall Street firms, and most advisors want you to believe. The good news is that Mark will show you that you don’t need their speculative ways of investing in order to be a successful investor. Get a free copy when you schedule your initial consultation.

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