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IRA Comparison Chart

The following comparison table can assist you in determining which IRA may be most appropriate for you. You may also want to speak with an HSBC Securities Financial Advisor that can help you in developing a financial plan to help meet your retirement goals.

  Traditional IRA Roth IRA
Eligibility You must have earned income and be under age 70 ½ in the year the contribution is made.  No age limit, however you must have a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) below $122,000 if single or $179,000 if married and filing jointly.
Maximum Annual Contribution
  • Individual: $5,000
  • Married filing jointly: $10,000 (up to $5,000 each)
  • Individual: $5,000
  • Married filing jointly: $10,000 (up to $5,000 each)
Catch up contribution If you are age 50 or older in the year of contribution, eligible IRA holders can make an additional contribution of $1,000. If you are age 50 or older in the year of contribution, eligible IRA holders can make an additional contribution of $1,000.
Contribution – Tax Deductibility
  • If you are not an active participant in an employer sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), your entire contribution is tax deductible.
  • If you are an active participant in an employer sponsored retirement plan, your contribution may be completely or partially deductible. See Traditional IRA for details.
  • Contributions are not tax deductible.
Tax-Deferred Earnings Earnings are tax-deferred Earnings are tax free
Age for Required Distributions
Distributions must begin by April 1 of the year after turning age 70 ½. There is no mandatory age for taking distributions.
Withdrawals
  • After age 59 ½, withdrawals are not subject to federal tax penalties. Withdrawals may be subject to federal and state income taxes.
  • Withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to federal and state income taxes, plus a 10% federal tax penalty may apply unless you meet the Qualified Early Withdrawal requirements as stated in the section below.

  • Contributions can be withdrawn at any time without penalty.
  • Premature earnings withdrawals may be subject to federal and states taxes plus a 10% federal tax penalty. See Qualified Early Withdrawal exceptions as stated in the section below.
Qualified Early Withdrawals

You can begin taking withdrawals without any penalties when you reach age 59 ½. In addition, penalty free withdrawals are allowed if:

  • You are a first-time homebuyer ($10,000 lifetime limit).
  • You are using the withdrawal to pay for certain higher education expenses.
  • Certain conditions are met for unemployment or qualifying medical expenses.
  • The distribution was a result of disability or death.
 

Principal and earnings withdrawals are completely tax-free if the IRA has been open for 5 or more years and at least one of the following conditions are met:

  • You are age 59 ½ or older when you make the withdrawal.
  • You are a first-time homebuyer ($10,000 lifetime limit).
  • You are disabled when you make the withdrawal.
  • Withdrawals are made by your beneficiary after your death.

For more information on which IRA may be most appropriate for you or to discuss other retirement planning alternatives, you can contact one of our HSBC Securities Financial Advisors at 1-800-662-3343 or visit your local HSBC Branch.





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