What is a Traditional IRA and What are its Benefits?
Traditional IRAs offer a tax-advantaged approach to accumulating funds for retirement. You may contribute up to $3,000 or 100 percent of earned income, whichever is less, to a traditional IRA annually. This dollar limit is reduced by any contributions you make to a Roth IRA for the same tax year. Benefits include:
Contributions may be tax-deductible, depending on your adjusted gross income
(AGI) and whether you participate in a retirement plan at work.
Your potential earnings from your investments can grow on a tax-deferred basis. If your investments increase in value, you won't pay taxes on those earnings until you withdraw them - typically at retirement. Tax-deferred compounding can enhance the growth potential of your money.
Are Traditional IRA Contributions Deductible?
Contributions may be 100 percent tax-deductible, depending on your adjusted gross income (AGI) and whether you or your spouse participates in a qualified retirement savings plan at work. For plan participants, the deduction phases out for AGIs between $32,000 to $44,000 for singles; or between $52,000 to $62,000 for joint filers. If you don't participate in a plan at work but your spouse does, the deduction phases out for a joint AGI between $150,000 and $160,000.
Early Withdrawal Exceptions
In most cases, a withdrawal from a traditional IRA before age 59 is subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty in addition to ordinary income taxes. However, there are exceptions. These include:To pay for the purchase of a first-time home ($10,000 lifetime cap) To cover expenses for higher education Medical expense payments Health insurance expenses (if account owner is unemployed) Permanent disability of account owner Death of account owner
Source: Provided by Idex Funds
Did your IRA originally come from an employer 401k or other retirement plan?
If so, see the Rollover IRA section also.
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