Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act - HERO

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act - HERO'

Legislation passed by Congress on May 18, 2006, that allows tax-free combat-related compensation received by military personnel to be considered taxable income for IRA contribution purposes. Military personnel also will be able to make IRA contributions based on combat pay earned from January 2004 to May 2006 - up to two years before the act became law.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act - HERO'

Previous to the act's creation, military personnel who primarily received combat pay as their main source of compensation would not be able to contribute to an IRA. Because combat pay is not considered taxable and IRA regulations stipulate that the maximum IRA contribution is the lesser of either $4,000 or the amount of taxable income received, the maximum contribution allowed was effectively zero dollars.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Income

    Money that an individual or business receives in exchange for ...
  2. Work Opportunity Tax Credit

    A separate, nonrefundable credit that is part of the general ...
  3. Roth IRA

    An individual retirement plan that bears many similarities to ...
  4. Traditional IRA

    An individual retirement account (IRA) that allows individuals ...
  5. Individual Retirement Account - ...

    An investing tool used by individuals to earn and earmark funds ...
  6. Taxable Income

    The amount of income that is used to calculate an individual's ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. When can benefits be received from a provident fund?

    Like most retirement savings vehicles, participants in provident funds are eligible to receive benefits at retirement. However, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Is Social Security Income a perpetuity?

    Because Social Security income does not continue indefinitely, it cannot be classified as a perpetuity. What Is a Perpetuity? A ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What types of investments are allowed in a provident fund?

    Different provident funds have different investment rules and restrictions. The allowable investments in an Indian provident ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How does a provident fund compare to U.S. Social Security?

    A provident fund shares many attributes of the U.S. Social Security program, including government sponsorship and set contribution ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How are benefits from a provident fund taxed?

    Not all provident fund benefits are treated equally, even in the same country. Thailand, for instance, has three separate ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. I'm in my 50s. Should I still participate in my company's Roth 401(k)?

    Participating in an employer-sponsored Roth 401(k) program is an excellent way to plan for retirement at any age. The longer ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Taxes

    Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  2. Retirement

    IRA Assets And Alternative Investments

    Interested in non-traditional investing? Make sure you follow the rules to avoid prohibited transactions.
  3. Taxes

    4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    Find out what's new in the world of IRAs and how you can get more bang for your buck.
  4. Retirement

    Roth 401(k) Vs. Roth IRA: Which One Is Better?

    It all depends on your age, your income - and your plans for your retirement nest egg.
  5. Investing

    Two Heads Are Better Than One In Finances

    Given the importance of a retirement account, having professional help with savings accounts is far more important than a personal chef or chauffer.
  6. Retirement

    Does it Make Sense to Have an MLP in an IRA?

    Here's why MLPs should — and shouldn't — be considered for an IRA.
  7. Professionals

    How Retirees Should Approach Interest Rate Hikes

    Here's what retirees can do if interest rates rise.
  8. Professionals

    Why Advisors Should Seek Out Wealthy Workers

    The majority of "high-net-workers" thinks an advisor would add value, but few use them. Financial advisors should see this as an opportunity.
  9. Investing Basics

    Are Annuities Right for You?

    Annuities are safe and often appealing, but IRAs and 401(k)s offer advantages that annuities typically can’t match, with little additional risk.
  10. Retirement

    Those Who Retire Early Share These Traits

    Here's how people planning on retiring early prepare for what's ahead.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  2. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  3. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  4. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
  5. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of: 1. Promoting global monetary and exchange stability. 2. Facilitating ...
  6. Risk-Return Tradeoff

    The principle that potential return rises with an increase in risk. Low levels of uncertainty (low-risk) are associated with ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!