Should I Contribute To My Roth IRA Vs. My Traditional IRA?

When saving for retirement, clients will often ask which account they should be making contributions to – a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA? The answer depends on several different factors that should be considered and discussed.

To assist in this conversation, we have prepared the “Should I Contribute To My Roth IRA Versus My Traditional IRA?” flowchart. This flowchart considers:

  • Eligibility to deduct contributions to a traditional IRA
  • Eligibility to make contributions to a Roth IRA
  • Current tax rates vs. future tax rates
  • Ability to max out the contributions
  • RMD impact

 

Updated 11/15/2020