If you can’t access a retirement plan sponsored by your job or you lack other retirement savings options, you could be eligible for a MyRA account. MyRa is a new retirement savings plan backed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It’s an investment plan with:
- no risk of losing money
- no start-up costs or fees
- no minimum deposit requirement
MyRA does require:
- an automatic monthly contribution
- direct deposit through your employer
- a few minutes of your time to set up
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has developed myRA (my Retirement Account), a retirement savings account with a new type of Roth IRA* investment that makes saving for retirement simple, safe, and affordable. Individuals can open a myRA account with no start-up cost and there are no fees for the maintenance of the account. myRA has no minimum contribution requirement, so savers can contribute the amount that best fits their budget.* The investment in a myRA is backed by the United States Treasury and the account carries no risk of losing money.
Why was myRA developed?
There are millions of workers in America who either don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or lack options to save for retirement. In some cases, they don’t have enough money saved to meet a minimum for opening an investment account. The United States Treasury developed myRA to address some of these common barriers to retirement saving and to provide a retirement savings option that is simple, safe, and affordable for savers. myRA is not a replacement for 401(k)s or other types of employer-sponsored retirement savings accounts.
Who is myRA for?
myRA is for anyone who wants a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving for retirement. It is a good option for people without access to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans. Because myRA follows Roth IRA* rules, savers (or their spouses, if married filing jointly) must have taxable compensation to be eligible to contribute to a myRA account and generally must earn an annual income of less than $129,000 for individuals, and $191,000 for married couples filing jointly**
How does myRA work?
Contributions to myRA accounts are invested in a new United States Treasury security, which safely earns interest at the same variable rate as investments in the government securities fund for federal employees. This fund has had an average annual return of 3.39% over the ten-year period from December 2003 to December 2013.
Savers can contribute to their myRA accounts as little as a few dollars a month up to $5,500 per year (or $6,500 per year for individuals who will be 50 years of age or older at the end of the year).*The myRA account can have a maximum balance of $15,000 or a lower balance for up to 30 years, When either of these limits is reached, savings will have to be rolled over (transferred) into a private-sector Roth IRA. A rollover to the private sector allows savers to continue to grow their savings past the maturity of their myRA starter savings account. Savers can choose to roll over their account balance into a private-sector Roth IRA at any time. More information will be provided to myRA account holders about rollover to the private sector in the future.
How to contribute to myRA?
Currently, savers can fund their myRA accounts from their paychecks, as long as their employer offers direct deposit and is able to direct a portion of the paycheck to the myRA account. Additional methods to contribute to myRA accounts will become available soon.
myRA accounts belong to the individuals creating the accounts and are not associated with any employer. This way savers can continue to use the same myRA account even if they move to a new job. They just need to set up direct deposit with the new employer. And if savers have more than one job, they can request contributions to be set up through each employer (although total contributions from multiple sources may not exceed the Roth IRA annual contribution limits*).
How to withdraw from myRA?
Savers can withdraw money they put into their myRA accounts tax-free and without penalty at any time. They can withdraw interest earned in their account without tax or penalty five years after their first contribution and if they are 59 ½ years old, or meet certain conditions, such as using the funds for the purchase of a first home. Otherwise, interest earnings would be taxable, and, unless certain other conditions are met, may also be subject to a 10 percent additional tax.
How do employers participate?
Employers can help employees start saving for retirement by introducing them to myRA as a new retirement savings option. myRA costs nothing for employers to participate; they do not administer employee myRA accounts, contribute to them, or match employee contributions. Each payday, employers simply facilitate a payroll deduction from the employee’s paycheck to the designated myRA account.
How to get started with myRA??
Individuals can open an account at no cost and in a matter of minutes.
Open a myRA account: Copy and Paste the link below to get started
If you have questions about myRA, please contact the myRA Customer Support Center at 855-406-6972 or TTY/TDD 855-408-6972. You can also www.treasury.gov