Traditional IRA

A traditional IRA (Individual Retirement Account) is an investment account that provides retirement savings with tax benefits for people around the nation, including Orlando, FL. Any contributions made to a traditional IRA are tax-deductible. However, any withdrawals made from these accounts are taxable. A traditional IRA is often used instead of an employer-sponsored retirement account for retirement savings purposes. You hold the account in your own name.

 

Contributions to a Traditional IRA

As long as you qualify for a full deduction (meaning you can deduct the amount from your taxable income when you deposit into the traditional IRA), your contribution is made on a pre-tax basis. As a result, you pay less income tax per year.

 

Taxes and Withdrawals

Beyond the tax deduction you receive, the money you deposit into the IRA grows tax-deferred. Whereas capital gains or interest earned through a taxable brokerage account are taxed, they are not taxed in the same way when earned through a traditional IRA. Until the money is taken out of the account, the interest or capital gains on it are tax-deferred. Withdrawals made from a traditional IRA are taxed at your income tax rate you are paying at the time of withdrawal.

 

Eligibility to Contribute

If you have earned income, you qualify to add money to a traditional IRA. The deadline for making these contributions usually coincides with the deadline to file taxes, usually April 15 of the next year. You may contribute to a traditional IRA occasionally or every month which helps you leverage dollar-cost averaging that takes into account market ups and downs over time.

 

Maximum Allowed Contribution

You can claim the amount you contribute to a traditional IRA each year as a tax deduction when you file your taxes for that year. Persons in Orlando, FL or anywhere in the U.S. under 50 years of age may contribute a maximum of $6,000 to all IRAs combined for years 2020 and 20201 – this includes traditional and Roth IRAs. Personals older than 50 can contribute a maximum of $7,000 for these years. If you earned less than the maximum permitted contribution, your IRA contribution may not exceed your earned income.

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