Individual Retirement Arrangement
Traditional vs. Roth IRA's
Traditional IRA’s: potentially tax-deferred retirement plans; you don't pay taxes on your contributions until you withdraw the funds. Contributions can be made as long as you have *earned income and you're below the age of 70½.
Roth IRA’s: you pay taxes now and withdraw the funds tax-free when you retire. Contributions can be made before the age of 70½ without any **required minimum distributions as long as you have *earned income.
*Earned income includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, self-employment income, alimony, separate maintenance, and other amounts that appear on Box 1 of your W-2.
**The minimum amount required for annual withdrawal from a Traditional IRA starting at 70 ½ years of age. See irs.gov for more details.