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Annuities are long-term insurance products designed for retirement. Earnings are taxed as income upon withdrawal. Early withdrawals may be subject to withdrawal charges. Partial withdrawals may reduce benefits available under the contract as well as the amount available upon a full surrender.
Withdrawals of taxable amounts are subject to ordinary income tax and, if taken prior to age 59½, an additional 10% federal tax may apply. If you fund your IRA with an annuity, you should realize that these types of retirement accounts are already tax-deferred. An annuity provides no additional tax deferred benefit beyond that provided by the retirement account itself. You should only use an annuity in a retirement account if you want to benefit from features other than tax deferral. Please consult with your financial professional and tax advisor regarding your individual situation.