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I think we routinely make the distinction of IRA vs Roth IRA on several aspects. First is your IRA contribution tax deductible. At higher income levels IRA contributions become non-deductible or partially deductible. Then Roth is clearly preferable. But Roth has an income cap. Then IRA is your only choice.

For those whose IRA contribution is tax deductible, the choice is usually based on whether your tax rate is lower now or in retirement. If higher in retirement, Roth is the better choice.

But that all assumes no major changes in tax law. It can come down to flip a coin. Both are good programs. One somewhat better than the other in some circumstances.
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