Roth IRA

Enjoy tax-free qualified withdrawals for your retirement savings

Roth IRAs are an exceptionally flexible savings option, with tax-deferred earnings potential and tax-free qualified withdrawals.

  1. Pay taxes when you contribute, in exchange for tax-exempt qualified withdrawals on potential earnings on your contributions.
  2. Withdraw when you’re ready, without minimum distribution requirements.
  3. Continue contributing for as long as you like after retirement age.
  4. Pass your assets along to your heirs, free of federal income tax.

Interested in converting to a Roth IRA?

Whatever your tax filing status or modified adjusted gross income, The Principal can help you convert your retirement assets to a Roth.

First, determine whether a conversion is right for your tax and investment strategies.

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Want to discuss an IRA with a financial professional? We offer a variety of ways. Just choose the one that works best for you:

  • Call 800-243-4380 ext. 2550. Our team of financial professionals can answer your questions and make the process easy.

  • Let us connect you with an advisor in your area. Provide us a few details, and a financial professional will contact you.

 

Compare IRAs

TraditionalRoth
Age Eligibility Anyone under age 70 ½Any age
Income Eligibility Must have earned incomeFor full contribution, must have adjusted gross income (AGI) below:
  • $117,0001 (single)
  • $184,0001 (married, filing jointly)
Current Annual Contribution Limits1$5,500 maximum; may be fully or partially deductible, depending on eligibility for employer retirement plan and current income guidelines $5,500 maximum, not tax deductible
Current Tax Advantages Taxes on any potential gains, dividends and interest are deferred until money is withdrawnTax-deferred growth and tax-free qualified withdrawals
Deductibility of Contributions Fully deductible if not covered by employer-sponsored retirement plan and spouse is not covered by plan or whose AGI is below:
  • $61,0001 (single)
  • $98,0001 (married filing jointly)
None
Taxation on Withdrawals Withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income (except those representing nondeductible contributions) Withdrawals of contributions are tax-free at any time. Withdrawal of earnings are tax-free if they are taken after five years and meet any of the following criteria2:
  • Attainment of age 59 ½
  • Death or disability
  • First-time home purchase (up to $10,000)
Penalties on WithdrawalsWithdrawals taken prior to age 59 ½ are subject to a 10% IRS-imposed penalty unless one of several conditions is met:
  • Death or disability
  • Catastrophic medical expenses
  • First-time home purchase (up to $10,000)
  • College education
Withdrawals of earnings which do not meet the five-year exception are subject to a 10% IRS imposed penalty, unless one of several conditions is met:
  • Death or disability
  • Catastrophic medical expenses
  • First-time home purchase (up to $10,000)
  • College education
Distribution RulesMust begin withdrawing by age 70 ½ None if you are the original owner
IRA Catch-Up Contributions Individuals age 50 and over will be permitted to make up to $1,000 in annual catch-up contributions in 2016.Individuals age 50 and over will be permitted to make up to $1,000 in annual catch-up contributions in 2016.

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1 Based on 2016 tax year.

2 Withdrawals of earnings not meeting any of these criteria are taxed as ordinary income.

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Non-qualified withdrawals from Roth IRA prior to age 59 ½ may result in IRS early-withdrawal penalties and ordinary income tax on any potential earnings.

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