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Three Year-End Financial Tips from Green Century

As we approach the end of 2013, Green Century wants to help you get your “investing house” in order. Here are three things to consider:

1. Make your IRA contribution for 2013.

You could wait until April 15th next year, but why not save for retirement and potentially reduce your current year taxes now – and cross it off your to do list?

It may be the right time to consider starting or making a contribution to a Traditional IRA.

If you are less than 70 ½ years old and meet earned income rules, you can open or contribute to an IRA. Any earnings grow federal income tax-deferred.

Or, consider a Roth IRA. With a Roth IRA, you cannot deduct your current year contributions from your taxable income. However, upon retirement, distributions from your Roth IRA are generally not taxed as ordinary income.

IRA Contribution limits have increased for 2013 to $5,500 for individuals under 50, and $6,500 for those 50 and older. Self-employed individuals with a SEP (Simplified Employee Pension) IRA, meanwhile, can contribute up to $51,000 or 20% of their adjusted earned income for 2013. For information on the tax deduction limits of IRA contributions, click here to view the IRA Disclosure Statement.

To open at IRA with Green Century, you can:

2. Remember your RMDs

If you are in your 70’s – or if you want to remind someone who is – don’t forget the IRS rules about required minimum distributions, or RMDs.

After age 70 ½, retirement savers are required by the IRS to withdraw a minimum amount each year from tax-deferred retirement accounts, including 401(k)s and Traditional IRAs (but not Roth IRAs). If you don’t take your RMD by December 31, you may incur a significant IRS penalty – 50% of the amount not taken. RMD’s can be taken from any one or a combination of your IRAs.

There are a few exceptions:

  • Investors who reached age 70 ½ in a given year may have until April 1 of the following year to take their first RMD payment.
  • Investors who are 70 ½ or older who are still employed have the option to delay RMD’s from an employer retirement plan.

3. Go paperless.

Reduce your clutter and conserve resources by getting your Green Century statements delivered to you online. To make this simple switch, access your account here.

After logging in, select “Account Detail” from the menu on the left. You can change your mailing preferences from this page.

If you don’t yet have online access, click here to set it up.

You should consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a Prospectus that contains this and other information about the Funds, please click here, email, or call 1-800-93-GREEN. Please read the Prospectus carefully before investing.

Stocks will fluctuate in response to factors that may affect a single company, industry, sector, or the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market. Bonds are subject to risks including interest rate, credit, and inflation.

Each individual’s tax situation is different; you may wish to consult a tax advisor regarding your own tax situation. Neither the Funds, their Advisor nor their Distributor provide tax advice.

The Green Century Funds are distributed by UMB Distribution Services, LLC, 12/13