How Do I Deposit Money Into My IRA?

Your best option for funding an IRA is making regular contributions each paycheck or allocating part of your tax refund towards it; just be mindful not to exceed the annual IRS contribution limit.

Investing in retirement accounts is risky; market dips could see your account value diminish; but any money that remains within an IRA will enjoy tax-advantaged growth.

1. Direct Deposit

Many brokerages provide direct deposit as an easy and painless way to save for retirement. Money is automatically transferred from your checking account into your IRA each payday – meaning you hit your annual contribution limit without even giving it much thought!

Contributing to either a traditional or Roth IRA depends on your earned income and tax filing status, including wages, salaries, tips, bonuses, commissions and earnings from self-employment. Qualified early distributions may also be applied towards certain expenses like higher education tuition costs and first time homebuying expenses.

Your IRA funds are invested and could lose value, making them less liquid than cash in a bank account; but that could translate to higher returns over time – saving as much money each year could provide the greatest tax-advantaged growth benefits.

2. Check

One of the easiest and simplest ways to fund your IRA account is with a check or an ACH transfer from your bank account – both are services offered by many brokerage accounts, robo-advisers, and investment firms; but make sure your provider offers low or $0 minimum investment account balance requirements and competitive fees structures.

Your IRA account can also be funded using tax breaks. For instance, take advantage of the Retirement Saver’s Credit to claim up to 50% back on contributions up to $2,000 ($4,000 if married).

If you are 70 1/2 or over, required minimum distributions (RMDs) from both traditional and Roth IRAs as well as employer plans like SEP/SIMPLE IRAs must be taken. You may be eligible to roll these funds over into a Roth or other retirement account without incurring taxes and penalties.

3. Wire Transfer

Wire transfers from your bank are the fastest and simplest way to fund an IRA, while automatic recurring transfers make investing even simpler. Just be sure to consult your brokerage to understand any applicable transaction, advisory and fund expense ratio (FET) fees before starting to invest regularly.

IRAs can be funded with new money or by moving existing retirement funds from another account into your IRA – this process may be known as a transfer, rollover or conversion depending on your circumstances.

Understand contribution limits and calculate taxable income when using this method is essential to reaching retirement success. For more information, read our comprehensive guide to IRA contribution rules or use NerdWallet’s free online tools for expert financial advice at an affordable price. We earn commissions when people open accounts through us!

4. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

If your employer offers an employer-sponsored retirement account such as a 401(k), consider supplementing it with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The IRS allows taxpayers to use their tax refund as a way to fund these accounts.

Establish an automatic investment plan as another means of staying on track with your IRA contributions, using payroll deduction to invest a set amount each month into your IRA automatically. You could even use this method to fund someone else’s IRA – such as for children.

Transferring existing retirement funds into an IRA via either rollover or conversion can also help maximize returns, giving access to more investment options than many 401(k) plans provide. Unfortunately, these transfers and conversions take more time to complete.

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