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Traditional IRA

Is a Traditional IRA right for you?

A Traditional IRA is an individual retirement account that may provide tax benefits because contributions may be tax deductible. Investment earnings can also grow tax-deferred until withdrawn, typically at retirement. You may contribute up to $6,000 of earned income ($7,000 if you are age 50 or older) until you are 70½ years old.  At this time, you must begin taking an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Withdrawals are penalty-free and taxed as ordinary income when taken after age 59½. If you are in a higher tax bracket today than you will be during retirement, a Traditional IRA may be a smart choice.

Benefits of a Traditional IRA

  • Contributions to a Traditional IRA may be tax deductible (depending on income level).
  • Earnings can grow federal tax-deferred.
  • A Traditional IRA is available to everyone who earns income under the age of 70½.
  • After age 70½, you can rollover or transfer funds from another IRA into a Traditional IRA.

Why open a TD Ameritrade Traditional IRA?

  • Breadth of Investment Choices - Including 2,300+ commission-free ETFs, no-transaction-fee mutual funds1, fixed income products, and much more.
  • Empowering Education - We offer exclusive videos, useful tools, and webcasts to help you create a personalized retirement plan.
  • Smart Tools – Plan and evaluate your retirement strategy with helpful tools like the IRA Selection Tool and Retirement Calculator.
  • Fair and Objective Research - Take control with objective third-party research provided by Morningstar Investment Management, CFRA (formerly S&P Capital IQ), and Market Edge

Traditional IRA Rules

EligibilityTo participate, you must be under age 70½ by the end of the calendar year. You must earn income, but there are no income limits.
ContributionsMay be tax deductible
Maximum Contributions
2019 and 2020
Up to age 50: $6,000
Age 50-70½: $7,000
Non-income-earning spouse: $6,000 (into a separate IRA)
EarningsGrow tax-deferred until withdrawn, typically at retirement
DistributionsPenalty-free and taxed as ordinary income when taken after age 59½
Required Minimum DistributionsRequired April 1 of the year following the year you turn 70½ and by December 31st every year thereafter
Early WithdrawalsBefore age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty in addition to any ordinary income tax that may be due

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Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA

Need help deciding between a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA? Try our IRA Selection Tool or view a comparison chart to find out which IRA is right for you.

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Take advantage of every savings strategy you can. A Roth conversion may help you do that.

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