An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a type of account that is specifically designed to help individuals save for retirement. IRAs offer tax advantages and allow individuals to save money in a variety of investments, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
There are two main types of IRAs: Traditional IRA and Roth IRA.
A Traditional IRA allows individuals to make contributions with pre-tax dollars, which means that the contributions are deductible from their taxable income for the year in which they are made. The money in the account grows tax-deferred, and taxes are paid when the funds are withdrawn, usually in retirement.
A Roth IRA, on the other hand, allows individuals to make contributions with after-tax dollars, which means that the contributions are not deductible from their taxable income for the year in which they are made. The money in the account grows tax-free, and qualified withdrawals from the account are also tax-free.
There are contribution limits for both types of IRAs, and there may be penalties for early withdrawals if an individual withdraws funds before they reach the age of 59 1/2. There may also be restrictions on the types of investments that can be made within an IRA, and it is important to consult a financial advisor or tax professional for more information.
Another important aspect of IRAs is Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Once an individual reaches the age of 72, they are required to begin taking RMDs from their traditional IRA. The RMD is calculated based on the individual’s life expectancy and the value of the account.
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