Can I Split My Traditional IRA Into Two Accounts?

IRAs offer many advantages, including tax breaks upfront and tax-deferred growth potential, but they may come with potential drawbacks as well.

IRAs can be an attractive solution for people seeking to reduce their taxable income with pretax contributions or looking for ways to transition money from old workplace retirement plans into something with more investment options than what 401(k) offers – although some potential pitfalls should be taken into consideration before choosing this route.


An individual retirement account (IRA) is a dedicated container used to invest in interest-earning investments. Contributions made to an IRA are generally considered separate property by the IRS unless combined with marital assets or purchased after separation; additionally, gold bullion purchases should generally be avoided as this could incur unnecessary tax penalties.

Rollover funds from your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plans into an IRA is possible, although an indirect rollover would incur taxes and an early withdrawal penalty of 10%.

As soon as you turn age 70 1/2, required minimum distributions must begin being taken from an IRA account based on both its age and value. By splitting an IRA into two accounts, each beneficiary can ensure they take their RMD over their lifetime to help prevent taxation of the entire balance upon one of them passing away.


IRAs provide tax advantages when saving for retirement. Your contributions may be tax deductible and growth deferred until it’s time to withdraw it via RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions). Once RMDs start being taken out, they are typically taxed as ordinary income.

Taxes will apply to nondeductible contributions made after tax, along with their earnings. By maintaining multiple accounts at various financial firms and diversifying withdrawals accordingly, you can reduce the effect of RMD taxes.

Individual taxpayers and self-employed individuals alike can open traditional, Roth, SIMPLE IRAs or Thrift Savings Plans; as well as SEP IRAs for small business owners and self-employed individuals. Contribution limits differ across each account type – you’re free to contribute at any point during the year up to their maximum contribution limits – although monitoring and rebalancing investments within each account requires ongoing maintenance; using either an independent robo-advisor or brokerage firm offering low fees with suitable investment strategies could make managing multiple accounts much simpler.


Traditional IRAs allow you to invest tax-free until retirement withdrawals. A traditional IRA works much like the 401(k) plan offered by employers but can also be utilized by self-employed individuals.

Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), available from banks, investment firms and robo-advisers are an easy and accessible way to save for retirement tax-free. Roth IRAs allow you to save after-tax funds now with tax-free withdrawals when retirement comes around.

As part of opening multiple IRA accounts for yourself or beneficiaries, or diversifying investments across accounts, it may be wise to designate both primary and contingent beneficiaries for each separate account. This will prevent potential disagreements among them after your death, with beneficiaries inheriting IRA accounts being required to take distributions within 10 years or face stiff penalties; by creating multiple accounts with one beneficiary in mind they can spread out withdrawals over their life expectancy to minimize tax bills.


An Individual Retirement Account, or IRA, allows you to save for your future without incurring taxes on it until the time comes for withdrawal. Usually, the IRS requires distributions at age 70 1/2; otherwise a penalty must be paid if taken sooner.

Why Would I Need to Transfer my IRA? There may be numerous reasons for you to wish to switch custodians of your IRA. Perhaps their fees are lower or they offer more investment choices; or you might prefer shifting it all into another type of plan, such as SEP IRA or SIMPLE IRA.

Trustee-to-trustee transfers (or direct rollovers) provide the easiest method of moving IRA funds between accounts. Through this transfer method, financial institutions enact the transfer without directly providing funds back to you as part of distributions or returns.

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