|Minimum Earning Balance||Pay Frequency||Annual Percentage Yield|
|$25.00 to $9,999.99||Monthly||0.50%|
|$10,000 and up||Monthly||1.00%|
INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS (IRAs):
Education Credit Union is your financial partner for life, so there’s no better place to start planning for your retirement years. Choose a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Each earns competitive interest rates, requires no additional set-up fee or a maintenance fee and provides all the tax advantages you need. Deposits may be tax deductible, and your investment grows with tax deferred interest. You can open an IRA with us for as little as $50.
If you already have an IRA somewhere else, you can transfer it to ECU and take advantage of our better rates. ECU IRA’s accept rollovers and direct rollovers from Qualified Retirement Plans. Also, ECU accepts transfers and rollovers from other IRA’s. Members can convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Conversion means exchanging the tax deferral offered by a Traditional IRA for tax-free withdrawals offered by a Roth IRA. Taxes must be paid when converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.
Roth IRA’s allow investors to annually contribute a limited amount of money towards retirement. The contributions are not tax deductible. Earnings are tax-free if account is open for five tax years and withdrawn for qualified reasons such as age 59½, disability, death, or first-time home purchase with a lifetime limit of $10,000. Also, Roth IRA account holders are not taxed when they begin withdrawing money at or even before retirement.
• Contributions are not tax deductible
• No Mandatory Distribution
• All earnings and principal are 100% tax-fee (if rules and regulations are followed)
• Available only to single-filers making up to $95,000 or married making a combined maximum of $150,000 annually)
• Principal contribution can be withdrawn any time without penalty (subject to some minimal conditions.)
• Funds may be used for a first-time home purchase (lifetime limit is $10,000 per person.)
• Contributions are allowed after age 70½
The Traditional IRA is an account, which allows investors to make tax-deductible contributions. The earnings grow tax-free until the account’s owner turns 59½ years old (if money is withdrawn before this age, a penalty is incurred). At this time, the account holder is allowed to begin withdrawing money from the account to fund their retirement. These distributions are fully taxed by the U.S. government. Traditional IRA accounts must begin taking distributions no later than April 1st following the year the owner turns 72.
• Tax deductible contributions (depending on income level)
• Withdraws can begin at age 59½ and are mandatory by 72
• Taxes are paid on earnings when withdrawn from the IRA
• Available to anyone who has earned income
• All funds withdrawn (including principal contributions) before 59½ are subject to a penalty (subject to certain exceptions)
Qualified distributions are penalty-free for first-time home purchases with a lifetime limit of $10,000, higher-education expenses, disability, qualifying medical expenses exceeding 7.5% of adjusted gross income, payment to beneficiaries upon premiums while unemployed for 12 weeks or longer.