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You have two options when choosing an IRA, a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA. Each type of IRA offers its own tax advantages, requirements, and contribution limits. See which one best fits your retirement savings needs.

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Traditional IRA

The traditional IRA is one of the most common IRAs available. This type of IRA is funded with pre-tax contributions or rollovers, and the tax on contributions and growth (interest) is deferred until withdrawn.

Advantages of Pre-Tax contributions

  • Reduces your taxable income
  • Pay no taxes until you take a distribution
  • Tax savings equals more take-home pay

May be beneficial if you

  • Are unable to tolerate less take-home pay now
  • Retire or need access to your account in five years or less
  • Are in a higher tax bracket now than you will be at retirement
  • Are in a high tax bracket and need to lower your taxable income

Things to consider

  • Uncertainty about the assessment of future taxes
  • At age 70½ you will be required to begin taking minimum distributions
  • Non spousal beneficiaries subject to specific rules for distribution

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Roth IRA

The Roth IRA is another popular tool utilized in planning for retirement. Roth IRAs are funded with after-tax contributions and rollovers. The money is taxed before being contributed, and then you can receive contributions and qualified earnings tax-free upon withdrawal.

Advantages of Roth contributions

  • Tax-free growth
  • Your contributions and earnings are tax-free once you reach age 59½, and invested for five years
  • Great for disposable income or emergencies at retirement
  • No required minimum distribution provision at age 70½
  • Pass tax-free to your beneficiaries

The Roth IRA may be beneficial if you

  • Are in a lower tax bracket now than at retirement (likelihood of this increases if you have 20 years or more until retirement)
  • Can afford less take-home pay now in exchange for paying no taxes later
  • Want to leave tax-free money to your beneficiaries
  • Have a pre-tax source of funds to use for income, but also need disposable, tax-free income at retirement
  • Are age 30 or less and/or just starting to save for retirement
  • Can wait for five years and age 59½ to use the money

Things to consider

  • Contributions do not lower your income taxes
  • Less take-home pay now (due to taxes)
  • Five year and age 59½ rules apply to everyone