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After 10 years, in Switzerland, I am moving back to the USA in December with my Swiss husband. During these years we've both worked and have both put money into a mandatory pension plan (company contributes and employee contributes. If you change companies, the money follows you to the new company). It is tax-free until we start taking money out at retirement.

Now that we are leaving, we have the option of leaving the money here to earn a mere 2.5% interest in a regular bank account or investing in a "safer" fund consisting of mostly bonds (again, all tax free until age 65). No further contributions are possible, and the IRS never hears about this account until it's time to take it out. Or we can take the money out now and bring it the US after paying Swiss taxes on it now.

In order to know what to do, I am wondering if there is any type of retirement account in the U.S. which would allow us to transfer that money and earn interest tax free until age 65. Everything I've heard about IRAs for example says they are only available for current earned money and that you can't just "deposit" any sum of money into an account and call it an IRA.

Any advice, Fools? Thanks.

Shawn Pendley
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