If your child makes $3000 or morewith a summer job, you may want to takethat money and put it in an IRA. If youinvest it in a traditional IRA, the contributionsare tax-deductible. But since yourchild probably won't have to pay taxesanyway, you may be better off with aRoth IRA, where withdrawals down theroad may be tax-free.
But would Johnny rather spend hishard-earned pay on clothes? You're entitled to put up the cash for himas a gift, as long as he has earned income.What's the big deal? If Johnny were tokeep up his Roth IRA contributions forthe rest of his working life and earn a reasonablerate of return, his account couldbe worth in excess of $2 million in tax-freemoney by the time he retires.