As the 2017 tax filing deadline approaches, many are preparing to take advantage of IRA contributions. As advisors, we often hear the question “Should I contribute to my Traditional or Roth IRA?” To many of our clients’ chagrin, we usually answer this question with more questions:
- Do you qualify to contribute to a Roth IRA? According to irs.gov, a married couple filing jointly would need to have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) of less than $186,000 to make a full Roth IRA contribution for the year 2017 ($118,000 for a single person). If you do not qualify, a Traditional IRA may be your only choice.
- What is your investment time horizon? Since Roth IRA contributions are not tax-deductible, the primary benefit of a Roth IRA is the ability to withdraw earnings tax-free after age 59 ½. If you only plan to have the account for a few years before taking withdrawals, you’re not leaving a lot of time to allow earnings to accrue. For this reason, Roth IRAs are generally more appropriate for investors with longer time horizons (5+ years). Investors with shorter time horizons may find more value in a deductible contribution this year.
We are happy to work with you and your CPA to determine which retirement savings vehicle best fits your needs.Download Newsletter