As an independent contractor, I pay more taxes than someone who is on salary with a company. Given that, would I benefit more from a traditional IRA that will give me more tax savings now, as oppose to a Roth IRA which will give me more tax savings when retired?
Your question is meaningless as it is, because you don't tell us if you're likely to be in a higher bracket when you retire, or lower.
However, I would argue that neither would be as beneficial for you as a Solo 401K account, as the limits for 401K contributions are much higher than IRA (Roth or not Roth).
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