Traditional IRAs offer the key advantage of tax-deferred growth, meaning that you won't pay taxes on your earnings or non-tax contributions until you have to start making distributions at age 72.With traditional IRAs, you invest more upfront than with a typical brokerage account. An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) allows you to save money for retirement with tax advantages. No matter what stage of life you're in, it's never too early to start planning for your retirement, as even the small decisions you make today can have a big impact on your future. While you may have already invested in an employer-sponsored plan, an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) allows you to save for your retirement in parallel and also potentially save on taxes.
There are also different types of IRA, with different rules and benefits. With a Roth IRA, you contribute money after taxes, your money grows tax-free, and you can generally make tax-free and penalty-free withdrawals after age 59 and a half. With a traditional IRA, you contribute money before or after taxes, your money grows with deferred taxes, and withdrawals are taxed as current income after age 59 and a half. IRAs (of all types) enjoy certain tax advantages that can make them great places to save and invest for retirement.
So, do you qualify for the traditional IRA tax deduction? If you (and your spouse, if applicable) don't have a retirement plan available through your employer, you can take advantage of the deduction no matter how much you earn.