Benefits of an Individual Retirement Account

An individual retirement account (IRA) can be a powerful savings tool that can help you reach your retirement goals.

An individual retirement account (IRA) can be a powerful savings tool that can help you reach your retirement goals. When planning your future, it is important to learn about the different types of IRAs offered and the benefits that having an IRA can bring. Here is some basic IRA information that we hope will help you decide if an IRA is right for you!

What is an IRA?

An IRA is a common retirement savings tool in the United States. IRAs are offered by most financial institutions, and many employers already have systems in place where employees can easily contribute to their IRA savings each month!

Most people are only aware of Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, though there are many additional types. Some of the other most common IRAs include Rollover IRAs, Inherited IRAs, and Custodial IRAs, and SEP IRAs.

Traditional IRA

  • Contributions to a Traditional IRA may be tax-deductible.
  • Traditional IRAs have no income limitations.
  • Any withdrawals of pre-tax earnings or contributions are taxed like income during retirement.

Roth IRA

  • Contributions to a Roth IRA are not tax-deductible.
  • Roth IRAs do have some income limitations.
  • Most withdrawals are both tax and penalty-free if you are over age 59 and 6 months, and if the account is over 5 years old.

Rollover IRA

  • Rollover IRAs provide an alternative to a 401(k) that may provide more choices and require lower fees.
  • Funds grow with a tax-advantage, even after transfer.
  • Rollover IRAs require no taxes or penalties when you transfer the account.

Inherited IRA

  • Inherited IRAs are only for individuals who inherited a Traditional or Roth IRA.
  • Inherited IRAs are not eligible for tax-deductible contributions or IRA conversions.
  • Account liquidation or annual distributions of the account balance is required within a pre-set period of time.

Custodial IRA

  • Custodial IRAs can be a Traditional or Roth IRA, held by a parent for children under age 18 who earn income.
  • Custodial IRAs may be used to pay for higher education expenses.


  • SEP IRAs are best for small business owners or those who are self-employed with few or no employees.
  • SEP IRAs are entirely funded by the business owner, but policies are owned by the employees.
  • Withdrawals from SEP IRAs are taxed as normal income.

What are the benefits of an IRA?

Not only can IRAs help you reach your retirement savings goals, but they can also provide tax and income benefits. Interest on an IRA compounds year after year, which increases the amount of overall retirement savings drastically over a long period. Some IRAs may also allow you the choice to defer taxes on the money they are contributing or to have tax-free withdrawals later, so long as certain conditions are met.

Tax-deductible IRA contributions can also lower one’s adjusted gross income (AGI), which may affect your tax rate and how certain itemized tax deductions are calculated. If you already have more than one retirement account, you may be able to consolidate qualifying accounts into a new IRS to protect your retirement funds while still contributing to your future.

If you’re interested in learning more about IRAs and whether one could be right for you, give us a call at (888) 539-1633 to speak to one of our Life & Financial experts.

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Originally from the snow-capped Rockies, Macee moved to Texas in 2016 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Strategic Communication. She currently serves as a writer and editor for Empower Brokerage, as well as the marketing manager for Preferred Senior Advisors. Macee is also working on her Master’s degree in management, and hopes to inspire others with her passion for telling stories through varied digital and print marketing efforts.

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