Individual Retirement Annuity

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DEFINITION of 'Individual Retirement Annuity'

A retirement investment vehicle that is structured similarly to a individual retirement account (IRA), except that in this instance, an annuity contract must be purchased, subject to a number of conditions which must be met. An individual retirement annuity must be issued in the owner's name, and only the annuity owner or their surviving beneficiaries are eligible to receive benefits from the contract. Annuity payments may be made by persons other than the primary holder.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Individual Retirement Annuity'

A number of specific requirements apply to individual retirement annuities. For instance, the owner's entire interest in the annuity must be fully vested, and the owner is not allowed to transfer any of their balance to another person. These types of investment accounts must allow for flexible premiums, and annual contributions are capped at a specified maximum, which was $4,000 for the 2005 to 2007 period and $5,000 in 2008. Distributions from this type of annuity must be made before April 1 of the year in which the owner reaches the age of 70.5.

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