The Motley Fool Discussion Boards

Previous Page

Investing/Strategies / Retirement Investing


Subject:  Re: 16 Years Old - Roth or Regular? Date:  8/28/2000  7:11 AM
Author:  TMFPixy Number:  24396 of 88537

Greetings, Justin, and welcome. You wrote:

<<Hello, I am 16 years old, and believe it or not, I want to open a retirement account. I do not plan to EVER withdraw funds from the account. I will only put in what I am sure I will not need. No education, house, or medical distributions will be taken.

I also believe, that my AGI will surpass $95,000 eventually.
So my question is:

Do I put my money in a Roth IRA because I am in the lowest tax bracket, and when I surpass $95,000 open a regular IRA and begin to contribute money to that?

Or do I open a regular IRA account now, and just keep depositing into that account?>>

I applaud your willingness to plan for your retirement at such a young age. You will not regret doing so when you finally get there.

Everything in a Roth may be taken free of income taxes eventually, but part of any distribution in a traditional IRA is always subject to income tax. For that reason and given your age, you should use a Roth IRA for your annual contributions until you are no longer able to do so because of your earnings. Just keep pumping up to $2K per year into that beastie until your AGI won't let you use it anymore.

Copyright 1996-2018 trademark and the "Fool" logo is a trademark of The Motley Fool, Inc. Contact Us