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What is the difference between tax free and tax deferred savings?


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November 29, 2008 7:51PM

Tax free means that you will never be taxed on those savings. It's an exclusion as opposed to tax deferral where you will have to pay taxes sometime in the future. For example, when you contribute money to an IRA account, you can deduct that portion in the year that the contribution was made. However, let's say at the age of 75 you withdraw money from the account, that money will then have to be included in taxable income and will be subject to tax.