What is an IRA?

An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a tax-advantaged investment account designed to help you save toward retirement. IRAs are one of the most effective ways to save and invest for the future. It allows your money to grow on a tax-deferred or tax-free basis, depending on the type of account – see the table below.

Types of IRAs

Determining which IRA is best for your unique situation depends on your age, income, and financial goals. Please consult with your tax advisor for additional details and for help to decide which one is right for you.

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Features

Traditional IRA

Roth IRA

Description

Tax-deferred retirement savings account:

  • No tax on the portion of your income you invest
  • No tax on additional value your investments gain
  • Potential taxes on withdrawals in retirement

Tax-free retirement savings account:

  • Funded with income that has been taxed
  • No tax on additional value your investments gain
  • No taxes on withdrawals in retirement

Eligibility

  • Any age
  • Any age
  • Income thresholds apply

Contribution limits

  • Under age 50: $6,000 per year
  • Over age 50: $7,000 per year
  • Already have an IRA with U.S. Bancorp Investments? Contribute now.
  • Under age 50: $6,000 per year
  • Over age 50: $7,000 per year
  • Already have an IRA with U.S. Bancorp Investments? Contribute now.

Distribution and withdrawals

  • Required minimum distributions start at age 72 (distributions are taxed)
  • Penalty for withdrawals before age 59 ½
  • No required minimum distributions
  • Penalty for withdrawals before age 59 ½

Availability

  • Available through both U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments
  • Available through both U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments

3 easy ways to open an IRA

It's easy to open and fund an IRA. Whether you prefer investing on your own or want personal investment guidance, we have an option to fit your needs.

Automated Investor

For convenient investing at a low cost, open an IRA through Automated Investor from U.S. Bancorp Investments. This robo-advisor combines our expertise and technology to automatically manage your retirement account.

Learn about Automated Investor

Self-directed investing

To make investments on your own, open a self-directed brokerage account from U.S. Bancorp Investments. This lets you trade stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs1 and more, on your own.

Learn about self-directed investing

Financial professional

When you work with a dedicated wealth professional through U.S. Bank or U.S. Bancorp Investments, you’ll have a single point of contact to help you guide your IRA strategy.

Work with an advisor or banker

SEP IRA

  • Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) – a tax-deferred retirement plan for anyone who is self-employed, owns a business, employs others or is an independent contractor
  • Contribution limit – up to 25% of compensation for yourself and employees
  • Available through both U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments

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Fund your IRA with an existing account.

401(k) and 403(b) rollovers

U.S. Bancorp Investments and U.S. Bank make it easy to rollover2 your employer-sponsored account.

Learn about rollovers

IRA transfers

Options for transferring your IRA:

  1. Authorize a transfer. Authorize the transfer of funds from an existing IRA into your new IRA. Some fees may apply.
  2. Request a check. Request a distribution check payable to you. Deposit the funds within 60 days to potentially avoid tax and penalties. Your limit is one rollover per 12-month period.

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About brokerage and investment advisory services

To learn more about the differences between brokerage and investment advisory services and fees from U.S. Bancorp Investments, please read the Client Relationship Summary and Regulation Best Interest Disclosure.