A traditional IRA lets you postpone taxes
Want to put off your tax bill while you put away money for your retirement? Think traditional IRA.
What is a traditional IRA?
A traditional IRA is a type of individual retirement account that lets your earnings grow tax-deferred. You pay taxes on your investment gains only when you make withdrawals in retirement.
Other traditional IRA advantages
If you're not covered by a retirement plan at work, you can deduct the entire amount of your IRA contribution on your income tax return. For 2018, this would be up to $5,500 annually, or $6,500 if you're 50 or older. For 2019, this would be up to $6,000 annually, or $7,000 if you're 50 or older.
No income limit
There's no maximum income limit. You can invest in a traditional IRA no matter how much money you earn.
Some things to think about
Age limit on contributions
You can't make contributions after age 70½.
You must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your account by April 1 of the calendar year following the year you reach age 70½.
Withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax.
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