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myRA, U.S. Treasury’s New Retirement Savings Option

November 5, 2015 • By

Last Updated: November 5, 2015

The U.S. Treasury Department has introduced myRA, a retirement savings account for individuals looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to save for their retirement. Over thirty percent of all American households have no retirement savings. myRA provides a way to start saving for retirement.

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Designed for people who don’t have access to a retirement savings plan through their job, myRA offers a favorable choice for those who want to save for retirement. With myRA:

  • There’s no cost and no fees to open and maintain an account;
  • The investment will not lose money;
  • U.S. Treasury backs the investment;
  • Account owners choose how much to save ($2, $20, $200 – whatever fits their budget);
  • If account owners change jobs, the account stays with them; and
  • Account owners can withdraw the money they put in without tax and penalty.

There are several ways to fund a myRA account:

  • From a paycheck. Account owners can set up automatic direct deposits with their employer(s) to their myRA.
  • From a checking or savings account. Account owners can set up recurring or one-time contributions from their checking or savings accounts to their myRA.
  • From a federal tax refund. At tax time, account owners can direct all or part of their federal tax return to their myRA.

Employers do not manage employee myRA accounts, contribute to them, or match employee contributions. At no cost to them, employers simply facilitate an ongoing payroll deduction from the employee’s paycheck to the designated myRA account in the amount the employee chooses.

I encourage you to learn more about myRA at www.myRA.treasury.gov.


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  1. Ed Mayrides

    I collect Social Security Retirement – my only current income. Can I pay into an myRA? If so, will SS direct deposit in an my RA account?

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Ed, myRA is a savings program specifically designed for people who don’t have a retirement savings plan through work or lack other options for saving. Please call the U.S. Department of the Treasury at 855-406-6972 for more information related to the myRA account.

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  3. Al Carroll

    What if you do not wish to roll myRA into an IRA after you reach the limit? Is it possible to just take the money out after you reach the limit?

    If one must turn it over to private IRA, it seems like more corporate welfare.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Please call the U.S. Department of the Treasury at 855-406-6972 for more information related to the myRA account.

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  5. LAWRENCE HILL

    iS THE MYRA ACCOUNT STILL IN EXISTENCE OR IS IT ALSO KILLED LIKE SO MANY OTHER GOOD THINGS.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Thank you for your question, Lawrence. This savings program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. To learn more about myRA savings account please visit https://www.myra.gov/.

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