Types of Retirement Accounts 

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Published: February 23, 2022

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If you do not know already, a Gold IRA is just a term for gold investments with a self-directed IRA or SDIRA. In an SDIRA, you can put alternative assets like gold or other precious metals. 

With an SDIRA, there are two approaches you are able to take, the traditional route with a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA.

Both IRAs allow you to save for retirement on a tax-advantaged basis and have the same IRA contribution limits.

With a Traditional IRA or Roth IRA, you may diversify your investment portfolio with gold or other precious metals.

So, when you hear someone say Gold IRA, they may be referring to a self-directed IRA with Gold in it.

However, there are specific guidelines that a traditional IRA and Roth IRA need to meet for gold investments. And each guideline is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Key Takeaways  

  1.  An SDIRA is needed to invest in a Gold IRA or other precious metals IRAs. 
  2. With a traditional IRA, you can save for retirement with tax advantages.
  3. A Roth IRA allows you to contribute tax after dollars. Your earnings and contributions are tax-free. 

Self-directed IRA

There are many ways to invest in Gold. You can invest in gold stocks, ETFs, physical Gold, or Gold through an IRA. 

If you want to invest in Gold through an IRA, you need a self-directed IRA or SDIRA. With an SDIRA, you can roll over your funds from your existing 401(k) or traditional IRA. 

A regular IRA is limited to common securities like stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and mutual or exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

Investors ignore an SDIRA because they do not want to go through the trouble of either transferring their 401k or traditional IRA to a self-directed IRA.

That is the last to worry about if you have a reliable custodian like the Noble Gold team. Noble Gold Investments does the majority of the heavy lifting for you. Call Noble Gold, and we will guide you through the process.

Investing through an SDIRA is recommended. It provides built-in tax breaks on your asset earnings.

Remember, Noble Gold always advocates for diversification. And that’s exactly what a self-directed IRA does. 

This type of account allows you to pursue an area you might be particularly passionate about.

If you are into real estate investing, you can pursue that path with an SDIRA. You can invest in their shares if you like investing in privately held companies, limited partnerships, or tax lien certificates. 

If you have some funds invested in the stock market, you might opt to place other funds in alternatives like undeveloped land or unsecured loans. This setup could help protect you from potential losses during a market downturn.

But if you are more like us and like Gold, you can invest in physical gold, silver, and other precious metals. 

With all these advantages come disadvantages. The biggest of which is that, well, you control it. Some investments are at higher risk. Even with a financial advisor, only you have the power over your SDIRA. 

That’s not the only downside. Some investors think that the account maintenance fees can be relatively high and that the tax reporting requirements could be complex. 

With all these considered, should you open an SDIRA? Yes. 

Many of the assets you may want in your portfolio, including precious metals, are under SDIRA. 

The process may require time, but that’s true for all assets. 

And remember, with your self-directed IRA, you can take the traditional IRA route or the Roth IRA path. 

Traditional IRA

Self-directed IRAs can be set up as traditional IRAs or as Roths. 

But keep in mind, that the two account types have different tax treatment, eligibility requirements, contribution guidelines, and distribution rules.

A Traditional IRA is tax-deductible on both state and federal tax returns for the year you contribute. When you liquidate, which are officially known as distributions, you are taxed at your income tax rate when you make them, presumably in retirement. 

So, if you put in $5500 for 2022, you will get a tax deduction when you file your taxes for 2022, which should be next year.

What if a person’s wages grow exponentially between ages 30 and 60? You may be paying 22% now, but you will be paying maybe a 32% tax bracket three decades later if you get a salary increase.

With a traditional IRA, your total will be $41,056.

Maybe you stop working at 60; that will put you in a lower tax bracket. With a traditional IRA, you will have $47,093 after taxes.

A person’s initial and future tax rates will determine which option is more advantageous.

And do note that Traditional IRA withdrawals must begin when you reach the age of 70.5-72 years of age.

Some circumstances may excuse you and permit you to withdraw money from a traditional IRA before reaching 59 ½. 

You’ll owe income tax on taxable contributions and gains if you withdraw funds from a traditional IRA account before hitting 59 1/2. Unless you qualify for an exception, you will also owe a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

Remember that each IRA account is different for everyone. And everyone’s investment journey is different.

If a traditional IRA is not for you, a Roth IRA may better fit you.

Roth IRA

Under a Roth IRA, You don’t get a tax deduction when you contribute to a Roth IRA. When you liquidate your Roth IRA during retirement, you don’t pay a dime. That’s because you paid the tax bill upfront. 

However, to qualify for a Roth IRA you must have a modified adjusted gross income of $144,000 for 2022. The modified adjusted gross income for married couples filing jointly is $204,000 to $214,000.

Many like the Roth IRA for several reasons. 

The most obvious is the tax shield you could enjoy if your investment grows leaps and bounds. If you buy 100 ounces of Gold now, you will not get a tax break for your $200K gold investment. 

Say you have a good twenty years before you retire. And you have no doubt gold will get to $5000, if not more, by then. You would have $300K capital gains, tax-free. 

With a Roth IRA, you don’t require minimum distributions. With traditional IRAs, you have to start taking RMDs, which are mandatory, taxable withdrawals of a percentage of your funds, at the age of 72, even if you don’t need the money.

With Roth IRA, you don’t have to withdraw any money at any age or during your lifetime. You can hold out for as long as you want.  

If you have kids, this is an excellent way to pass on the wealth. 

Beneficiaries of Roth IRAs don’t owe income tax on withdrawals, either, though they must take distributions or roll the account into an IRA of their own. Unlike a traditional IRA, you can withdraw sums equivalent to your Roth IRA contributions penalty and tax-free at any time, for any reason, even before age 59 ½. 

So what if a person’s wage grows exponentially between ages 30 and 60? You may be paying 22% now, but you will be paying maybe a 32% tax bracket three decades later if you get a salary increase. 

This is when a Roth IRA pays off. 

With a traditional IRA, your total will be $41,056. With a Roth IRA, you will have $47,093.

Maybe you stop working at 60; that will put you in a lower tax bracket. 

With a Roth IRA, you would contribute $4,560 after taxes at age. By 60, you will have $45,886.

Investing in a Roth IRA is one of the best ways to save for your retirement.

There is no tax on qualifying distributions. And more importantly, you can put Gold and other precious metals in it. But, some regulations and guidelines need compliance to legally put Gold and silver in a self-directed Roth or Traditional IRA.

Investing in Gold with a Roth or Traditional IRA

Gold and other bullions are seen as “collectibles,” according to the IRS.

Under the law, collectibles must be in the physical possession of a custodian and depository. As per IRS rules, you cannot keep your Gold IRA at home.  

If you have a gold IRA, you need a third-party custodian and a depository to store your assets.

If a custodian or a depository does not hold your precious metals, two things could happen:

  1. It is treated as a taxable distribution from your retirement account. Your Gold IRA will lose its tax-deferred status and be subject to immediate taxation if you have a traditional gold IRA.
  2. Underage 59 1/2, you face a 10 percent penalty for early withdrawal.

Remember that the IRS has the right, power, and resources to pursue anyone they feel violates their rules.

So make sure you follow each guideline and open an account with your gold company. 

You can open an account with Noble Gold Investments. Noble Gold is in partnership with equity trust, a leader in self-directed IRA with more than $30 billion in assets.

You will then fund your account. You can roll over or transfer your existing IRA or new 401K to your new Gold IRA.

After you add funds, you choose the coins you like. We will help you go through the options.

You need to choose coins that meet IRS minimum fineness in an IRA, produced by a certified refiner or government mint. In Noble Gold, all our investment coins are certified. We guarantee that.

Once you settle on the coins or bars, they will be shipped and stored in an IRS-sanctioned depository. If you open an account with Noble Gold, we will take a photo of your Gold and send it to you. 

And that’s it. The process is so easy, that it will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. 

So start your Gold self-directed IRA investment with Noble Gold today. Learn how to roll over your 401(k), 403(b), or any retirement account into a Gold IRA with our FREE Gold and Silver Investment Guide. Click the “Download the Guide” button in our navigation bar to learn more.

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