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Ask The Advisor - IRAs

Ask The Advisor - IRAs

May 14, 2024


Contributing to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a way to invest and increase your tax-advantaged retirement savings apart from or in addition to a 401(k). There are key differences in the two main IRA types to keep in mind:

Traditional IRA:

  • Contributions are made pre-tax and may provide for an immediate tax break for those meeting certain income requirements.
  • Like a Traditional 401(k), earnings grow tax-deferred but are taxed upon withdrawal in retirement at ordinary income tax rates.
  • Drawback: Required minimum distributions (RMDs) must be taken starting after age 73, even if funds aren’t personally needed.

Roth IRA:

  • Contributions are made with after-tax dollars but are not tax-deductible.
  • Earnings grow tax-free and withdrawals of both contributions and earnings are tax-free after age 59½ if certain conditions are met.
  • Advantage: No RMDs are required during the account owner's lifetime.
  • Drawback: Income limits apply for eligibility ($240,000 for joint filers in 2024).

Account Access:

  • Traditional IRAs: before age 59 ½ your withdrawal will be taxed as ordinary income plus a 10% penalty on the early withdrawal. Once you reach age 59 ½, you can withdraw contributions and earnings without the penalty, but withdrawal will be taxed as ordinary income.
  • Roth IRAs: contributions can be withdrawn at any time, penalty-free and tax-free allowing for more flexibility than a Traditional IRA.

Choosing Your IRA

Consider factors like:

  • Current income and tax bracket
  • Expected income and tax bracket in retirement
  • Retirement savings goals and timeline


Both Traditional and Roth IRAs offer valuable benefits for retirement saving, but the best choice for you depends on your individual tax situation and long-term financial goals. You can contribute a combined total IRA limit of $7,000 in 2024, or $8,000 if you are over age 50; it may be prudent to have a mix of both Traditional and Roth style IRA accounts after having discussions with your advisor.

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