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Planning for your Future with an IRA

Lisett Comai-Legrand

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Jul 11, 2017 8:23:00 AM

Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an investing tool that is used by people to earn and reserve some funds for retirement life. There are different kinds of IRAs like Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs and SEP IRAs.

Traditional and Roth IRAs are established by individual taxpayers. These taxpayers are allowed to subsidize 100% compensation up to the maximum dollar amount set. SEPs and SIMPLE IRAs are retirement plans that are recognized by the employers.

Other than the Roth IRA, where the distributions are tax-free, withdrawing from an IRA is taxed as income which includes the capital gains. IRAs can be used as very important tax management tools for individuals. Depending on the income of an individual, that person can be able to fit into a lower tax bracket with tax-deductibles during your working years.

Retirement planning is an important part of an individual’s working life. Once you start saving regularly, you will need a good place to keep it. Opening up a tax-advantage account to save up for retirement can Planning for your future with an IRAhelp you in accumulating a significant amount of money over the years. The sooner you get to it, the better it is.

However, just saving is not enough; you have to save up strategically. By using the following rules, you can make your savings grow much faster with IRAs:

Pay for the Future First

Most individuals have a lot of bills to pay and other day-to-day expenses to look after. But if you let these take over your earnings, they will leave you with no money for savings. To avoid this, consider paying the future you before anything else. The first thing you should do when you receive your paycheck is to take a big chunk of savings and automate it so that you don’t have to worry about where you should be putting it.

Skip on the Savings Account

Though having a short-term savings account is good, there are much better ways of saving for long-term goals like retirement. 


The money in your IRA will continue to grow; due to the investments’ returns and the returns over those returns, your money will keep on growing. Therefore, time is your best friend.


Why Should You Open an IRA

You can open an IRA on your own; this will be much more flexible for you and hassle-free in case you decide to switch your job. An IRA is an account that you can open for the purpose of growing your money tax-free over the passing years. This way, you can save more for your retirement than what you could save on the tax benefits. You might wonder what the reason behind this is; basically, the government wants you to save money so that you can retire comfortably. These perks are something you should take full advantage of.

Roth or Not

Now that you are aware of the importance of an IRA for your retirement plan, you need to know which type of IRA you should open up. When you open a Roth IRA, you have to pay for each deposit you make, but when you withdraw the money it will be tax-free. However, in a traditional IRA you must pay the taxes only when you are withdrawing your savings. So, which one is better for you? The answer varies based on tax bracket and taxation rate. If you are unable to afford either, then opening both IRAs is the best strategy you can come up with, that way you will be prepared for either scenario.


Roth IRA

Traditional IRA







Contribution Phase-outs



Age Limit


70 and a half

Minimum Distribution

After Death

During life and death

Tax on Withdrawals

No tax

Taxed like ordinary income

Tax on Non-Qualified

Depends on the balance

Pay tax and penalty

 You can save a lot for your retirement if you take advantage of the benefits of an IRA. If you have enough savings, you can spend your retirement life the way you want.


It is better to plan for your future now, rather than to be sorry later. IRAs offer the best way to save up money for your retirement without having to pay too many taxes. This article explains the effectiveness of an IRA in post-retirement life.

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