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What is a Traditional IRA?

A traditional IRA is what you think of when you hear someone talking about IRAs. These are a type of savings accounts for your retirement. You can open an IRA at any bank or brokerage and there are rules that you must follow so that you can avoid penalties. IRAs are a great way to save money for your retirement.

You need to do some research to find out more about IRAs before you start one. You can find a full review to see what you need to do. There are many reviews that you can find if you do just a little research on the internet. 

This article will share with you a few of the things that you need to know before you start your IRA. There are rules that you will need to follow and there are some suggestions for you to get the most out of your IRA. You want to make the most money for your retirement from your IRA.

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Tax-Deferred

With a traditional IRA, you can save for your retirement by not paying taxes on your deposits. In the future, when you withdraw the money, you will only pay your normal ordinary tax income. This means that if you max out your contributions each year, you will have a sizable withdrawal when retirement comes. 

Contribution Limits

There is a limit of how much you can put into any IRAs each year. In 2022, it was capped at $6,000 dollars per person unless you are over fifty, which gives you an extra $1,000: https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/retirement-topics-ira-contribution-limits. If you have a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, you can still only put a total of $6,000, or $7,000 if you are over fifty, into both accounts. There is a 6% penalty if you put more than the allowed limit into your IRAs. 

You must make sure that your income will cover the amount that you put into your IRA. If you only make a maximum $4,000 in income, the maximum amount you can put into your IRA is $4,000. You cannot put in more money for your IRA than you make. 

There is no minimum age limit for IRAs, so if you want to put money into your child’s or grandchild’s IRA, you can do that. Just remember that the most you can put into their accounts is the maximum amount they make from working. If the child or grandchild has an annual income of just $2,000, that is all that you can put into their IRA.

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Nonworking Spouse

If you have a nonworking spouse, you can contribute to their IRA as well as your own. Your limit would still be the same, but you could put the limit into your IRA and your spouse’s IRA. That means that you can have $6,000 in your IRA, and your spouse could have $6,000 in theirs. You just need to make sure that your annual income at least matches what you are contributing into both IRAs.

April Deadline

While most tax deadlines are the last day of the year, the deadline for an IRA is in April. This gives you more time to add to your IRA for the year. Just remember, you can still only contribute the maximum, you cannot go over without penalty. You will have until the income tax deadline to contribute. You can also contribute to that year’s IRA at the same time.

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IRA and 401(k)

You can have both an IRA on your own and a 401(k) from your work at the same time. You can max out your IRA contributions and still have your employer contribute to your 401(k). Although you can do this, your contribution amount is phased out for people who file for single income tax at $78,000 for 2022. If you are married, the income limit is the limit is $129,000 or $214,000 if one spouse is not covered by the employer. 

Non-Deductible Contributions

You can make non-deductible contributions to your IRA, but you need to be careful about it. When it becomes time for you to withdraw your money, you will be taxed to do so. You will be taxed a percentage of your contributions. For example, if you want to withdraw $10,000 from an IRA that has $300,000 in it and $30,000 of that is non-deductible, you will be taxed at a rate of 10%. Only $1,000 of that withdrawal will be tax free, so you need to be careful. 

Direct Transfer

If you decide that you want to rollover your 401(k) into your IRA, you need to do a direct transfer and not have the check made out to you. You will save around 20% of your contributions if you do it through a direct transfer. You can do this when you change jobs or when you retire and want to combine your savings. You need to do this if you change jobs or custodians for your IRA, as well, to avoid the 20% tax.

Early Withdrawal

It is best for you to save your money from your IRA until your retirement, but sometimes life happens, and you need to withdraw money early. You can do that, but you will be assessed an additional 10% on top of your tax bill. You will want to make sure that you truly need the money before you decide to withdraw any of it early.

Conclusion

You can open an IRA at any time during your career and add to it each year that you are working. You can only contribute up to $6,000 unless you are over fifty, and then you can contribute up to $7,000 each year. You can contribute all the way through the April tax deadline of each year. You need to be careful when you withdraw money from your IRA because if you do it too early you will be taxed for it. You can lose a significant amount of money by withdrawing early. 

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