Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA HELP

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Hello, I have to make comparison chart to compare a Traditional IRA and Roth IRA.

Here is my questions.

What are the similarities?

What are the differences?

When can money be withdrawn?

What are the tax implications for withdrawals?

Why would someone choose Traditional over Roth?

Jul 17th, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!

Similarities: Both are investment programs that target for your retirement. 

Differences: The traditional IRA is taxable when withdraw, and it is deductible on tax return. 

However, Roth IRA is nontaxable when withdraw, and it is not deductible on tax return.

When to withdraw: In normal situation, the money should be withdrawn when retired. Technically, you can withdraw the money anytime during your lifetime, but you have to pay a penalty for early withdrawal.

Tax implication: When you withdraw money from traditional IRA, it is taxable. On the other hand, it is nontaxable to withdraw money from a Roth IRA.

Why traditional over Roth - Choosing traditional IRA can lower your current tax because it is pre-tax money. the amount you will be taxed would be lower than that in Roth IRA, which takes out money after taxation.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
Jul 17th, 2015

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