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Choosing an IRA

Traditional and Roth IRAs are personal savings plans that allow you to keep more money for yourself and pay less to Uncle Sam.

When choosing between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, the question to ask yourself is: Do you want to save money on taxes now or when you retire?

  • Traditional IRAs make sense if you want a tax deduction now or if you think you’ll be in a lower tax bracket when you retire.
  • Roth IRAs are a good fit if you don’t need the tax break now. If flexibility is what you need, consider a Roth IRA. A Roth IRA is a more flexible investment because you can withdraw regular contributions at any time, tax-free and penalty free, and you do not have to take mandatory distributions at age 70 ½.

If you leave your job or retire, and you have earned benefits in a qualified retirement plan, you can keep the tax-deferred status of the funds by rolling them over directly into a Traditional IRA.

Through a direct rollover, you postpone paying taxes and you avoid mandatory 20% federal income tax withholding.