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Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA

If you can’t decide which type of IRA is right for you, we're here to help. Compare the benefits of a traditional IRA with a Roth IRA to determine which one is right for you to invest in for your retirement.

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Traditional IRA

Roth IRA

Overview Contributions are pre-tax dollars (tax-deductible), but latter withdrawals for retirement are to be taxed. This is an excellent way to increase your tax-deferred savings. If you expect to be in a higher tax-bracket later in life, a Roth IRA account might be more suitable. Roth IRA contributions are already taxed (not-tax-deductible), but earnings and qualified withdrawals are tax-free.
Tax Advantages
  • Tax-deductible* contributions
  • Tax-deferred until you begin withdrawing funds
  • Taxable withdrawals
  • Non tax-deductible contributions
  • Tax-free* earnings
  • Qualified withdrawals are tax-free
Eligibility Requirements Anyone with earned income may contribute up to the age of 72 yrs. Your income impacts how much you can contribute. To make a full contribution, you must have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income:

For tax year 2020:
Single: Less than $124,000
Married filing jointly: Less than $196,000
Contribution Limits Per Year $6,000
$7,000 if age 50 or older
$7,000 if age 50 or older

Roth Conversion (converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA) is available.*
  • All earnings and deductible contributions are taxable upon withdrawal
  • Penalties will be incurred if withdrawals are taken before age 59½ yrs., or if minimum withdrawals are not taken by April 1st of the year following the year age 72 yrs. is reached
  • Minimum distributions must begin at age 72 yrs.
  • Contributions can be withdrawn at any time without taxes or penalties
  • Earnings can be withdrawn with no taxes or penalties as long as you are at least 59½ yrs. of age and the account had been open for at least 5 years
  • No distribution requirements
OPEN TRADITIONAL IRA Learn more about traditional IRAs > OPEN ROTH IRA Learn more about Roth IRAs >

* Subject to certain restrictions. Please consult with your tax advisor.

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