Roth IRA is an investment vehicle that can help you plan for the future. The basic principle of this IRA is you pay taxes on your income now in exchange for not having to pay taxes when you withdraw your money later on.
It works in direct contrast to the Traditional IRA, where you don’t pay any taxes on your income now, but you have to pay taxes on anything you withdraw at a later date.
Owners of a Roth IRA hope that tax rates go up so they know they saved money when it comes to the taxes they pay.
Like with all forms of IRA, there are maximum contribution limits you have to take into account. This can make it a good or a bad investment, depending on your current financial situation.
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What’s The Minimum Contribution Limit of Roth IRA?
You can contribute as little as you like to your account. The minimum investment is dictated by the brokerage you decide to open your account with. Some brokerages only deal with investors who want to make certain minimum contributions every year. This can be as little as $100 per month or $1,000 per year.
This is why you have to shop around for a broker that suits your needs.
What’s The Roth IRA Maximum Contribution Limit?
Currently, the maximum Roth IRA contribution limit every year is $6,500. If you’re above the age of 50, however, this amount rises to $7,500. Since you’re not paying taxes when you withdraw the money at a later date, once you reach this maximum, you can’t continue to make contributions.
In the case of a Traditional IRA, you can continue to make contributions, but the catch is you can’t continue to make deductions.
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What are the Benefits of the Roth IRA Contributions?
The main benefit of the maximum Roth IRA contribution limit is the ability to have what’s known as ‘more effective money’.
The contribution limits are exactly the same as the Traditional IRA. The difference is you’ve already paid taxes on any contributions you make to the Roth IRA. This means you can withdraw this money as and when you need it without worrying about a large tax bill.
Owners of a Traditional IRA have to time their withdrawals right. If taxes are high, they should refrain from withdrawing, even if they need the money. This makes the investment less effective because you’re restricted by forces you can’t control.
How To Choose the Right Broker?
Many of the benefits relating to minimum and maximum contribution limits rely on the broker you choose. You must speak to a financial adviser and take stock of your financial situation. If you can’t keep up with minimum contribution limits, you could find yourself deep in financial hot water.
The message is to do your research and you could make the Roth IRA work for you!
Rick Pendykoski is the owner of Self Directed Retirement Plans LLC, a retirement planning company based in Goodyear, AZ. He has over three decades of experience working with investments and retirement planning, and over the last ten years has turned his focus to self-directed ira accounts and alternative investments. If you need help and guidance with traditional or alternative investments, call him today (866) 639-0066.