The Roth IRA allows you to invest after-tax dollars now, receive the growth of tax-deferred earnings, and have the principal amount tax-free when you take distributions. Plus, your tax-deferred earnings can become tax-free if the account is open for a minimum of 5 years and one of the following events occurs: you are age 59 ½, purchase a new home, disability, or death. Roth IRA funds may be withdrawn penalty-free, for college education expenses, or for the purchase of your first home. In both cases, the funds may be used by the IRA owner, spouse, child or grandchild. (Withdrawals prior to investment maturity may be subject to bank penalty.) A spouse may open a Roth IRA, even if the other spouse participates in an employee-sponsored retirement program. Check with a Member Service Representative for details on current income eligibility requirements.