An individual retirement account (IRA) is a personal savings and investment account that helps you save money for retirement. And better still, you’re doing it in a tax-advantaged way. Even if you already own a 401(k), an IRA can enhance your nest egg. Learn about our traditional, Roth, and rollover IRAs, and what they can do to help build a retirement that’s full of promise.
Traditional IRA - for Tax-Deferred Growth
If you think you might be in a lower income tax bracket when you retire, consider a traditional IRA. By contributing money that you can deduct from your income tax return, you’ll reduce your taxable income now. When you eventually withdraw money from your IRA during retirement, you may possibly have less income. So although you’ll still be taxed on those earnings, it will likely be at a lower rate.
Roth IRA - for Tax-Free Growth
If your current income falls within government specified limits, and you expect to be in a higher income tax bracket at retirement, consider a Roth IRA. You will contribute to your account now with money that you‘ve already paid taxes on (after-tax contributions). Your earnings will grow federally tax-free, which should allow them to build faster. When it’s time to withdraw that money in retirement, you’ll typically be free from paying any taxes.
Refer to the snapshot below to see whether a traditional or Roth IRA best meets your needs.
Keep Contributing to Your Future Rollover IRA
If you’ve changed jobs or retired, and you still have savings left in a prior employer’s savings plan, consider a rollover IRA. Your assets will keep growing tax deferred and you’ll avoid taxes and penalties. More importantly, you can keep contributing to the new account, so your savings can grow.
Are you eligible for a rollover IRA?
If you’ve been participating in your former employer’s retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k), 403 (b), 457 or pension plan, and are eligible to take a lump-sum distribution, you can roll your savings directly into a rollover IRA.
A financial professional can help you weigh benefits and risks before deciding whether a rollover is best for you. These include: investment options, fees and expenses, withdrawal requirements and potential penalties, tax consequences, and account services.
There is no additional tax deferral benefit for annuity contracts purchased in an IRA or other tax-qualified plan, since these are already afforded tax-deferred status. Thus, an annuity should only be purchased in an IRA or qualified plan if you value some other features of the annuity and are willing to incur any additional costs associated with the annuity to receive such benefits.
1 As long as you've held the account 5 years, you're age 59½ or older, or a special exception applies.
2 For the 2015 tax year