According to a recent study, Americans hold nearly $2.5 trillion in individual retirement accounts (IRAs), making the IRA one of the most commonly used retirement savings vehicles. Those nearing retirement, between the ages of 60 and 64, have an average of $165,139 in their IRA.1 If you’re like most Americans, your IRA will be a significant income source in retirement.
IRAs are popular vehicles largely because of their favorable tax treatment. In traditional IRAs and other types, such as the SEP and SIMPLE, you can deduct your contributions. All IRAs also offer tax-deferred growth. That means you don’t pay taxes on your gains as long as the funds stay inside the account.