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Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: What’s Best for You?

Jul 30, 2021 Retirement

Learn what individual retirement account will give you the biggest return before retirement no matter what stage you’re at in life.

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Deciding retirement accounts and goals is never easy, but something we all need to do. It’s better to start sooner rather than later – most Americans are behind on saving for retirement. It’s a good idea to contribute to a work 401K if your company offers it for employees, but you should also start a personal individual retirement account (IRA).

Is a roth IRA or traditional IRA better for you? Read further to see benefits of each one.

Roth IRA

Contributions made to a roth IRA are taxed before they are put into your account, meaning when you are ready to retire, taxes will be paid off already. This is typically a good option for people starting their IRA at younger age, especially if you think taxes will be higher when it’s time for you to retire.

While traditional IRAs don’t have income limitations, roth IRAs do; for 2021, the income range is $125,000-$140,000 for singles and $198,000-$208,000 for couples filing jointly. In these income ranges and above, contribution limits are modified.

Traditional IRA

With a traditional IRA, taxes are paid as you make withdrawals in retirement. By deferring your taxes, you might pay more when you go to take it out, but you will earn more in dividends, interest payments, and capital gains because they will be compounded per year without taxes.

On the other hand, if you have a large income now, a traditional IRA might be a better option because you can drop to a lower tax bracket after retirement.

Benefits of Both

In both IRA accounts, your gains will not be taxed as long as the money is in the IRA. You can contribute up to $6,000 per year and individuals 50 and older are allowed to save an extra $1,000 a year.

Questions about IRAS? Click here to learn more about IRAs at A+FCU and stop by a branch with any questions.

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