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Deciding Between Roth IRA and Traditional IRA

By Edited May 10, 2015 1 0

IRA stands for an individual retirement account.  This is something that you will want to have to ensure that you will have money available when retiring.  There are differences between Roth IRA and Traditional IRA that you want to be well aware of before deciding which IRA to open.

Knowing who can contribute is important to know before you open up an IRA account.  You can contribute to a Roth IRA if your modified adjusted gross income is less than the requirements set by the state.  If it is too high you might be able to make a smaller contribution each year if you can work something out.  With a traditional IRA anyone who is younger than 70.5 who earns an income can open an account.


There are some tax advantages to both Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs.  With the Roth IRA, the total account can be tax free if it has been open for more than five years and if there is a good reason for withdrawing.  Medical reasons, funeral costs or buying a home for the first time are all good reasons.  With the traditional IRAs earnings are tax free only until funds are withdrawn.

The benefits of who can make a deductible contribution of the traditional IRAs are much better than Roth.  With traditional IRAs people who are not active with a retirement plan by their employer can make deductible contributions.  Also, married couples who are active in a retirement plan can make deductible contributions. 

The limit of contributions are the same no matter if you open up a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA.  With both Roth and Traditional IRAs you can contribute as much as $5,000.   The benefits continue as you grow older as IRA owners who are older than 50 can contribute up to $6,000.

If you have already opened up a Traditional IRA and want to convert it over to a Roth IRA you can rollover the IRA within 60 days after it has been distributed.  You can also do a trustee to trustee or a same trustee transfer with the funds.  The laws don't allow IRAs to be invested in collectibles or you will be taxed 10%.  Some collectibles that are considered collectibles are coins, guns, stamps, jewelry and art.

Many people consider Roth IRAs to better a better choice because the contributions from this account can be withdrawn without a penalty before an individual reaches the ages of 59.5.  There is also five years after the contribution where you can withdraw $10,000 of Roth IRA earnings without any penalties at all.

Opening up a IRA account is a smart idea that you will benefit from as you grow older.  It is a wise decision to open up an individual retirement account.  Even if you feel you are too old to open up an account, it is important to understand that it is never too late.  It is important to know and understand that any of these laws can be changed at any time with little to no notice.

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