For many years the Traditional IRA was the only type of IRA available to those investing for retirement. Even after the tax-free Roth IRA was introduced in 1997, some investors still find that the Traditional IRA fits well in their retirement investment plan.

  • You may be able to deduct some or all of your contributions, including catch-up contributions, depending on your income, filing status and participation in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
  • Generally, earnings grow tax deferred and are taxed at your ordinary income tax rate upon withdrawal.
  • CheckWriting is available to investors who are over age 59½.
  • You must be under the age of 70½ on December 31.
  • You or your spouse (if you are not working and file a joint return) must receive taxable compensation (earned income) during the year.
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Minimum Initial Investment $2,500
Annual Contribution Limits
Annual Contribution Limits for Individuals Annual "Catch-Up" Contribution Limits for Individuals Age 50 and Older (in addition to annual contribution):
2012 $5,000 2012 $1,000
2013 $5,500 2013 $1,000
Deductible Traditional IRA Phaseouts Deductibility depends on Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)1 and whether you or your spouse is covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan. You must figure your deduction and your spouse's deduction separately. The deduction for contributions to Traditional IRAs phases out over the following MAGI levels:
Covered by Employer Plan 2012 2013
Single $58,000-$68,000 $59,000-$69,000
Married Filing Jointly $92,000-$112,000 $95,000-$115,000
Not Covered by Employer Plan 2012 2013
Single or married filing jointly with a spouse who also is not covered No limit No limit
Married filing jointly with a spouse who is covered $173,000-$183,000 $178,000-$188,000
There is no income limit for contributions to a non-deductible Traditional IRA.
  • Early withdrawal penalties may apply for withdrawals prior to age 59½.
  • Withdrawals for special purposes may be permitted prior to retirement.
Service Fees An annual IRA custodial fee may apply.
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1Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) with standard deductions included.

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