There’s an ongoing battle in the financial realm pitting the Roth IRA against its older cousin, the Traditional IRA. Most of the debate, however, is rendered irrelevant because it doesn’t consider the Traditional IRA’s fatal flaw.
Tale of the Tape:
The IRA debate is almost entirely about taxes. As long as you meet certain income requirements, Traditional IRAs offer you the opportunity to claim a tax deduction up to the maximum contribution limits in the tax year for which the contribution is made, but every dollar that is ever distributed from the IRA will be taxed as ordinary income in the year of distribution.
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