Traditional IRAs offer two large incentives to encourage retirement savings. First, Traditional IRA contributions may be tax-deductible on an IRA holder's tax return. Consult your tax advisor to find out if you qualify for the deduction. Second, earnings on a Traditional IRA are not taxed until the IRA holder takes the money out. Traditional IRA holders are not required to withdraw the funds until they reach the age of 70½.
In order to contribute to a Traditional IRA, the contributor (or spouse if married and filing a joint return) must have earned income equal or greater than the contribution amount. A Traditional IRA is not eligible to participants age 70½ and older. If contributions are made to both a Traditional and Roth IRA, the maximum contribution to the Traditional is reduced by the amount contributed to the Roth IRA. Your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) and your participation in an employer sponsored retirement (QRP) will affect your deductibility. Please refer to the income deduction limits below:
2015 Traditional IRA Deduction MAGI Ranges
2016 Traditional IRA Deduction MAGI Ranges
Contribution amounts and catch-up contribution amounts will increase annually as follows:
Retirement is coming, and as a smart saver, you have been preparing for it. After all your years of planning, be sure to continue making the correct decisions now to assure a secure retirement later. As the time draws near, it is important to understand the rules regarding rollovers, transfers and aggregations of required minimum distributions (RMDs). Review this information to help clarify any questions you may have, then before completing any rollover transaction, you may wish to speak with a competent tax advisor. Read more
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