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Your IRA contribution could reduce your 2016 taxes

If you’re eligible1, you could deduct up to $5,500 from your taxable income or up to $6,500 if you were 50 or older in 2016. Don’t forget – the 2016 tax filing deadline is April 18th, 2017.
If you have decided an IRA is right for you, you can open one online.
1 Learn more about eligibility requirements.
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What is an IRA?

We know financial products can be confusing. Let us break it down for you.

Think of an IRA like a box you can use to save for retirement. Investments like annuities, mutual funds, bonds and stocks are what you collect in your box over the years.

Step One First you can pick the type of IRA you want to use as your box — Roth or Traditional.

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Step Two Choose investments to put in your IRA. You can always change the investments in your box.

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Step Three Decide how much money you want to put in your box for now. You can contribute up to $5,500 into your IRA and $6,500 if you’re over 50 (for tax year 2016). Roth IRA contributions may be limited by your income.
TIAA Options

Find an IRA that’s right for you


Traditional IRA

Save on taxes today

Contributions are often tax deductible.

Roth IRA


Save on taxes later

Withdrawals can be tax free in retirement.
Retirement Plans


Small business IRAs

Save for retirement for yourself and/or your employees.

Learn how to keep it simple with an IRA rollover

You may choose to consider moving your money from old jobs to one place and potentially simplify your life.
Help me choose

Traditional or Roth?
Find out which IRA might be right for you.

Answer a few simple questions to find out which IRA makes sense for you.
First: How old will you be at the end of this year?
Your age helps decide if (and how much) you can contribute to an IRA.

What are the facts about TIAA IRAs?

Advice and guidance at no additional cost to help you figure everything out2

A virtually unlimited array of investments

Flexible retirement income options

2 Get details on eligibility requirements
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Ready to get started?

You can open an IRA online

Already have an IRA from TIAA?

You can contribute up to $5500 into your IRA and $6500 if you’re over 50 (for tax year 2016). Roth IRA contributions may be limited by your income.

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