In the United States, an IRA is an Individual Retirement Arrangement, a tax-deferred retirement account.

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Are traditional IRAs worse than taxable brokerage accounts at high incomes?

Brokerage accounts are seen as relatively tax-inefficient, since you invest with post-tax dollars, and growth is taxed upon realizing gains. The traditional IRA allows you to deduct contributions and ...
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What should I do with a traditional IRA that I'm not contributing to?

My (not very good) financial advisor recently switched banks and I moved my Roth IRA from Wells Fargo to Morgan Stanley. I recently found out that when he transferred the IRA he converted the Roth IRA ...
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Are tax-free investments still tax free when taking distributions?

If you read the 'Power of Zero', he talks about putting tax free investments into your traditional IRA. That way, you won't incur any taxes when you take distributions. Maybe I misunderstood what he ...
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Could capital gains from a stock sale impact my IRA eligibility?

If my annual income plus profits from the sale of a stock is greater than the annual ceiling for being able to contribute to an IRA, am I ineligible to contribute to an IRA? In other words, are ...
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Best starting options to invest for retirement without a 401k

I'm trying to avoid asking a duplicate question, but I feel my situation is more specific than general beginner's saving or investing. I am a university student with a part time job that does not ...
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Can I deduct IRA contribution even though job offers a 401k which I don't contribute to?

My job offers a 401k, but I don't contribute to it (because it doesn't have a match). Instead, I would rather contribute to an IRA where I can control what I invest in exactly. Here's what the IRS ...
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Under federal rules, does a non-taxable IRA Roth Conversion impact school financial aid?

If you convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and all the funds were deposited into the traditional IRA as non-deductible contributions, and there is no gain, and thus there is no income by the ...
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Can IRA contributions be recharacterized multiple times

Are there limitations on recharacterizing (not converting) IRA contributions such that you could not re-characterize a contribution multiple times? Recharacterized an Roth IRA to a traditional IRA, ...
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How to buy stuff (stocks?) in IRA account? What else?

I just opened an IRA account on TDAmeritrade.com. I only put in several thousand dollars as a starter, just for exploring the interface. I have never had an IRA account or even read much ...
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What is the contribution limit for a SEP-IRA?

I have a small business that will file taxes as an S-Corp for the year of 2015. The company has 1 employee (me). I pay myself a decent salary. In order to bring the company's taxable revenue down, I ...
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Pension Investing dilemma

I'm 61 years old, recently retired and need to decide how to take my pension from my former employer's pension fund. This is a church-affiliated hospital system pension fund in the USA and is ...
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If I'm eligible to max a Roth IRA, Do I ever considering putting money in both IRA types instead?

Age 28 (Turn 29 in November) Gross Income - 110,050 Retirement (At the start of 2015) - $12,000 in Roth IRA My current contribution for the year is aimed at: 9,000 in Roth 401k 9,000 in ...
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Inherited deferred comp by minors - tax advantageous approach

If minors who are not currently earning income were listed as beneficiaries on a deferred comp plan and owner of that plan passed away at age 63, what's the right approach to minimize taxes. From ...
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Are year-end balances all that matter when it comes to Roth IRA conversions?

My wife is in the process of transferring a retirement account from her previous job into a Traditional IRA. Once it is transferred, I know any Roth IRA conversions would also take into account the ...
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Is there a limit to how often you can convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA within a given time period?

Is there a limit to the number of times you can convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA within a given time period? For example, if I convert my existing Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA now, and then ...
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How to deal with IRA excess contribution without withdrawal, penalties, and fees?

I made my traditional IRA contribution for the 2013 tax year in April of 2014. I made my contribution for the 2014 tax year in April of 2015 and shortly thereafter received a notice from Principal ...
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Capital gains tax: Retirement vehicle (IRA, 401k) vs. anything else?

I've had this question for a little while and I asked a professional about it today, but I don't think I worded it well. As such, I didn't get a good answer. Theoretically, given an equivalent amount ...
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Is 401k considered a retirement plan offered by an employer?

I am trying to brush up on traditional IRA offerings out there. Specifically, I want to know whether the IRA contribution is tax deductible. The rules state that I can deduct the full contribution ...
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Cash Out IRA to Pay Off Debt

I have an IRA that I haven't paid into for over 10 years. I also have a State retirement plan that I have paid into for 10 years and will continue until I retire. Besides the penalties, any reason I ...
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Lower-cost index funds vs. managed (higher-cost) tax-advantaged IRAs?

If having to choose between a non-retirement lower cost index fund and a managed higher cost IRA (both traditional and Roth), which is less impeded and likely to grow more long-term? Put another way, ...
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Should I pay off my 6% student loan using the income that I would normally put into my two IRAs?

Question says it all. I would fund 10k to two IRAs, or I can put that toward the student loan for the next couple of years until it's paid off. Which makes more sense?
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Does saving for retirement pre-tax make sense to stay in a lower tax bracket if I'll earn more later?

Does it make sense to save in a Regular IRA vs the Roth IRA in order to keep me in the 25% tax bracket? In reality career wise I will probably cap out at 150k in today's dollars. I've been able to get ...
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Can I put IRA $10K withdrawal back into account within 120 days?

If I take $10K out of IRA for first time home purchase, use it and then come up with extra $10K within the next 4 months, can I put that $10K back into the IRA within the 120 day period (i.e,. ...
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Tax deduction of advisor fees?

Is there a tax advantage to paying advisor fees from a regular IRA vs paying from a cash account?
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Can you recharacterize an original Roth IRA to a traditional IRA?

This question is not about recharacterizing a traditional to a Roth, nor is it about undoing a recharacterized Roth back to a traditional IRA. If I opened an original Roth IRA account, can I ...
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Should I withdraw money from IRA or refinance home to pay credit card debt?

Should I refinance or withdraw from IRA to pay off 25K of credit card debt? I am 64, self employed earning about 30K/yr. My wife is retired. credit card debt snowballed and I now want to pay it off ...
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Should I move out of my actively managed IRA at Fidelity and put it all in index funds?

I have an IRA at Fidelity. It is where I have rolled old 401k plans into. Currently, I am paying Fidelity to actively manage the account. It is currently invested is many mutual funds, bonds and ...
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Can an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA be done in two parts?

Let's assume that we've already determined an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA will be taken and that it does not qualify for any of the tax-free conditions. I am aware of the lost opportunity ...
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Withrdraw funds that were converted from Traditional IRA to Roth IRA

From a previous employer, I had a traditional 401K which upon leaving that job I rolled into a traditional IRA. With a Roth IRA you can withdraw the "contributions" but not the gains. My question ...
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Are there any disadvantages to having multiple IRA accounts?

I have a primary IRA which I've rolled 401k plans into and contributed to on an annual basis. It is with a full service financial institution and managed with a financial planner. With the rise in ...
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Can I max out both an SEP and Roth IRA in the same year?

I am an independent contractor and get the majority of my income as 1099. I have both an SEP and Roth IRA that I have contributed to in the past, but I would really like to ramp up my retirement ...
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Redirecting my portion of beneficiary IRA?

My mother passed away last year. She left her three children as POD to her traditional IRA. I would like to give my 1/3 portion to my sister as a gesture of thanks for the 10 years she cared of our ...
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Does mutual fund front-load fee count toward IRA contribution limits? [duplicate]

I want to max out my IRA and I am investing in a mutual fund with 5% front-load fee. Does that mean that I can contribute $5,500 max for IRA but have real IRA balance $5,500 less $275 = $5,225 as a ...
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Setting up a tax deferring IRA

I work for a small company, so we have like no resources for helping us understanding benefits. My employer is willing to automatically give me 5% of my annual salary if I set up an IRA account. So ...
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Make IRA contributions all at once or periodically throughout the year?

I am trying to decide if I should make this year's IRA contribution all at once at the beginning of the year, or if I should space out the contributions throughout the year. If I make it all at once ...
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Dividends reinvested in a 401k or Coverdell ESA show up on 1099-DIV?

In the USA, I know that dividends reinvested within a 401k, IRA, 529, or Coverdell ESA are not taxable (initially). I was surprised to see them show up on a 1099-DIV form this year from my investment ...
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Basic Roth IRA Tax Understanding

I understand that a Roth IRA offers the benefit of paying taxes up front so that when the investor withdrawals the money at retirement, the funds won't be taxed. My confusion is that I have yet to ...
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I have a 414(h) pension plan as a teacher in New Jersey. Am I permitted to also contribute yearly to an individual Ira?

My husband is a teacher in New Jersey; 61 years of age. He has a pension plan listed on w-2 in box 14 (other). It is coded as 414(h). He asked the tax advise person at the school if he could still ...
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IRA transfer - any tax implications?

Assume I have a traditional IRA, which I had previously rolled my 401(k) into. I now would like to transfer to another traditional IRA at another broker (Vanguard). Are there any tax implications to ...
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Should I open an IRA, or will it be redundant once I get a 401k?

I'm 28 years old and currently a 1099 self-employed contractor at my job, and have been for 2+ years now. I make about $70k a year before taxes. I'm hoping to eventually get hired on full-time and ...
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Would it ever be a bad idea to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA with the following assumptions?

Assuming: you had enough sitting around right now to pay the taxes you had at least 20 years until retirement you expect at least 7% per year return tax rate being the same as now (even though it ...
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How to split a Roth IRA into multiple accounts?

I currently have a roth IRA with a large brokerage firm but to increase the diversification of my portfolio, I'd like to invest in some securities that this brokerage firm will not invest in (in my ...
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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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What is the process for a Japanese citizen to inherit an IRA?

A Japanese citizen is a primary beneficiary of my IRA. What is the process for her to inherit my IRA?
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Distribution from a traditional IRA and future contributions to a Roth IRA

I am 60+. Can I still make contributions to my Roth IRA in future years if I start taking distributions from my traditional IRA this year?
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Self employed 401k and traditional IRA

I've got a self-employed 401k that I use for a small side business, which supplements a full time income I also receive. The 401k contribution allowance is usually small because my business income is ...
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Where should I take some money from after retirement? (IRA, 401K, Roth, Taxable)

I have three 401ks, each doing well. One has some pre-1987 money, another has some Roth money, and some has post tax, non Roth money. I also have several smaller IRAs and Roth IRAs, some of them ...
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IRA Deduction when changing from 401k offered job to non-401k job mid year

This is challenging one to figure out. I had a job that is ends 11/30/2014 that offered a 401k. I have a new job that doesn't offer a 401k. I'd like to max my IRA this year to avoid tripping ...
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Straight Index Fund vs IRA + Index Fund

I am about to open a traditional IRA and put my money in an Index Fund (to be decided). Which has the advantage that taxes are deferred until withdrawal. It also seems that I have the advantage of ...
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Deductibility of traditional IRA contributions in same year as Roth conversion?

Is the deductibility of my traditional IRA contribution at jeopardy if within the same year I convert a portion of that same IRA to a Roth? Note; I am aware of the phaseout thresholds. Thanks, Jim ...