Dec 4

1. In both cases I can invest only after tax money.
2. I can withdraw my money whenever I want in both cases.
3. I can only contribute $5,000 per year in the roth IRA while I can contribute how much I want with a normal investment account.

So why would I choose to open a roth IRA instead of a normal investment account where I can invest how much I want?

2 comments so far...

  • S Said on December 4th, 2009 at 3:29 am:

    Any growth experiened in a ROTH IRA account is not taxed. Nor is taxed when you withdraw the money.

    With a standard investment you will be taxed when you realize any profit by selling the investment.

    So take an example where you have a ROTH IRA and a standard investment. Both start at 10,000 and both grow by 10%, to 11,000.

    When you withdraw your IRA (assuming no penalties for ealry with drawal), you will get the full $11,000

    When you withrdraw the investment you will have to pay taxes on the $1,000 of growth, so maybe you walk away with only $10,700.

    This difference could add up to a huge amount over the lifetime of a ROTH IRA

  • jeff410 Said on December 4th, 2009 at 4:16 am:

    In a Roth the earnings, dividends, interest and capital gains, grow tax-free. You have to pay taxes on all earnings in a regular brokerage account.

    You can withdraw your contributions penalty and tax free from a Roth, but not the earnings without paying taxes and penalties.

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