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When it's time to break out the flip-flops for good, you'll be glad you planned ahead.

A Traditional IRA can help you save for the retirement you've been waiting for.

Traditional IRA

Intro to Traditional IRAs

The Traditional IRA has been a popular retirement plan since it hit the scene in 1974. That’s when the government signed it into law because it didn’t look like people were going to have enough money to support themselves during retirement.

Traditional IRAs are pretty straightforward – it’s a personal retirement plan that lets you grow money tax-deferred. Even better, if you meet income requirements, your contributions are generally tax deductible, which may mean a lower tax bill.

Even if you make too much money to qualify for the tax deduction, you can probably still contribute to a Traditional IRA. While you won’t get the tax deduction on the contribution, your earnings have the potential to grow tax-deferred.

Now is the time to take control of your future retirement. All it takes is a call to a COUNTRY Financial® representative.

How It Works

Retirement plans can be complicated, but Traditional IRA rules are pretty straightforward. Here are some of the most significant rules.

Contributing to a Traditional IRA

You must have qualified earned income to make contributions to a Traditional IRA. You may also receive a tax deduction if your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) falls within these limits: 

2019 Tax Years (For active participants of a business retirement plan) 

Full Contribution Partial Contribution
Single Filer

2019 - MAGI $64,000 or less

2019 - MAGI more than $64,000, but less than $74,000

Married, Filing Jointly

2019 - MAGI $103,000 or less

2019 - MAGI more than $103,000, but less than $123,000

Contribution Limits

The IRS limits how much you can contribute each year to your Traditional IRA. You don’t have to contribute that much, though, and you don’t even have to contribute every year.

2019 Tax Years 

Under Age 50 Age 50 and Older

$6,000 or 100% of earned income, whichever is less

$7,000 or 100% of earned income, whichever is less

Taking the money out

When it’s time to withdraw the money, there are a few rules you should know about:

  • If your contributions were tax-deductible, you’ll have to pay ordinary income taxes when you take a distribution of those contributions. You'll also pay ordinary income tax on any earnings.
  • At age 72 (or 70 ½ for individuals born July 1, 1949 or later) you have to start taking money out – known as your Required Minimum Distribution. If you don’t there is a substantial tax penalty. 
  • You don’t have to wait that long, though. You can start withdrawing the money as early as 59 ½ without penalties.
  • Withdrawing money before age 59 ½ will result in a 10% penalty. There are some exceptions to this rule, though. The money can be withdrawn penalty-free for: disability, certain medical bills, first home purchase ($10,000 lifetime limit), health insurance premiums during unemployment of 12 weeks or more, qualifying educational expenses or distributions to your beneficiaries because of your death.

What's in it for you?

There are a lot of Traditional IRA benefits. The biggest perks are:

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You may get tax deductions for contributions and a lower tax bill.


Growth is tax-deferred.

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You’re actively doing something for your future retirement.

You’ll get those benefits no matter where you have your IRA because the IRA itself has the same general rules at every financial institution. It’s simply an account where you put your money.

What sets IRAs apart are the investments you put in them. We think you’ll be impressed with the Traditional IRA options COUNTRY Financial has to offer you.

Funding Options

When it comes to funding your Traditional IRA, it's good to have options. We'll help you select what makes the most sense for you. Some choices we offer: 

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Fund your IRA with an annuity

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Annuities issued by COUNTRY Investors Life Assurance Company®, Bloomington, IL. Funding your IRA with an annuity does not offer additional tax benefits.

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