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A savings account is an all-inclusive term , which includes IRAs and regular ( non-retirement) savings. A Roth IRA is a savings account in which earnings accrue on a tax-deferred basis, but are tax free if distributions are qualified. In a regular savings account, earnings are added to an individual's taxable income for the year earned.

Check out Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions for an analysis of Roth IRA distributions and examples and explanations of the circumstances under which earnings in a Roth IRA would (or would not) be subject to income taxes.

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