Rising taxes may be a concern for anyone – especially for individuals with long-term needs. Your structured settlement annuities are tax-free sources of future income per IRS Code 104 (a) 1 and 2. This income can be an important component to living on a fixed income and avoiding surprises come tax time.
Investing in or purchasing a tax-deferred vehicle means your money can compound interest for years, without paying current income taxes, potentially allowing it to earn interest at a faster rate. Tax-deferred vehicle only allow you to defer paying income taxes until the money is withdrawn – presumably during retirement why you may be in a lower tax bracket. However, few financial vehicles avoid taxes all together.
Because tax-deferred vehicles are generally designed to help individuals work toward specific long-term goals, there may be restrictions on when money can be withdrawn without penalty. Early withdrawals may be subject to charges and fees. Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to an additional 10 percent federal law.
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