Interactive Brokers offers cash or margin Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
IRA margin accounts allow trading so the account can be fully invested as well as the ability to trade multiple currencies and multiple currency products, but are subject to the following limitations:
IBKR does not allow trading or holdings of securities such as Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) in retirement accounts that have the potential to generate UBTI (Unrelated Business Taxable Income) as this type of income has the potential to trigger taxes and tax reporting in an otherwise tax-deferred account type. Clients are advised to consult a tax specialist for further details on IRA rules and regulations. We do not support reduced (treaty) tax rates for distributions from US IRAs to foreign beneficiaries.
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*Residents of Australia, Canada, the European Economic Area, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and India may not open Individual Retirement Accounts.
When you open an Individual Retirement Account with Interactive Brokers, you must select a an IRA customer type. The following IRA customer types are available:
There are several ways to fund an IRA account.
All of these IRA funding methods are cash transactions, and Trustee-to-Trustee transfers can also use an ACATS position transfer in Account Management.
Refer to the Tax Reporting page on our website for information on IRS forms you will receive when transferring retirement plan assets.
The following table lists all available IRA types and applicable funding methods.
|IRA Type||Explanation||Funding Method|
|Traditional||A retirement savings plan that allows an individual to contribute earnings until they are withdrawn. Contributions are subject to annual limits depending on the age of the account owner and may or may not be deductible depending on the individual's circumstances. Earnings accumulate tax deferred until distributed to you at which time the earnings are subject to tax upon withdrawal. A spouse may contribute to a separate account subject to the same limits. Withdrawals made prior to age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty unless certain special circumstances apply. Distributions must begin by the account owner's required beginning date (RBD), which is April 1 following the year that the account owner reaches age 70½. Once the account owner reaches age 70½, he or she must withdraw at least a minimum amount called an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). If an account owner fails to withdraw the full amount of the RMD annually, or fails to withdraw the RMD, there is a 50% tax penalty that may be imposed by the IRS on the amount not withdrawn.||
|Traditional Rollover||A traditional IRA account that receives assets directly from an IRS-approved retirement plan such as a 401(k) or pension plan within 60 days of distribution from the plan. A traditional rollover IRA is commonly used if you are changing jobs or retiring.||
|Traditional Inherited||An account you may set up as the beneficiary of a Traditional IRA you inherited from a spouse or other IRA account owner who has died, to receive a transfer of beneficiary IRA assets.||Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer|
|Roth||A retirement savings plan that allows an individual to contribute earnings, subject to certain income limits. Earnings accumulate tax-free and contributions are nondeductible. Unlike Traditional IRAs, a Roth IRA account owner may continue to contribute after age 70½ if they have earned income. Withdrawals prior to age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty unless special circumstances apply. There are no age requirements when an account owner must begin taking distributions. Contributions are subject to annual limits depending on the age of the account owner.||
|Roth Inherited||An account you may set up as the beneficiary of a Roth IRA you inherited from a spouse or other IRA account owner who has died, to receive a transfer of beneficiary IRA assets.||Trustee-to-Trustee Transfer|
|Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)||A written plan that allows an employer to make contributions toward their own retirement and their employees' retirement without getting involved in a more complex qualified plan. Under a SEP, the employer makes contributions to a traditional individual retirement arrangement (called a SEP IRA) set up by or for each eligible employee. A SEP IRA is owned and controlled by the employee, and the employer makes contributions to the financial institution where the SEP IRA is maintained. The employee may also make annual contributions subject to the limits for traditional IRAs.||Contribution
When you convert Traditional IRA assets into a Roth IRA, the assets are distributed from your Traditional IRA and transferred into your Roth IRA. The distribution out of your Traditional IRA is reported on Form 1099-R and the contribution made to your Roth IRA is reported on Form 5498. Both events are reported to the IRA owner and the IRS.
You can withdraw all or part of the assets from a traditional IRA and reinvest them (within 60 days) in a Roth IRA. The amount that you withdraw and timely contribute (convert) to the Roth IRA is called a conversion contribution. If properly (and timely) rolled over, the 10% additional tax on early distributions will not apply. However, a part or all of the distribution from your traditional IRA may be included in gross income and subjected to ordinary income tax. You must roll over into the Roth IRA the same property you received from the traditional IRA. You can roll over part of the withdrawal into a Roth IRA and keep the rest of it. The amount you keep will generally be taxable (except for the part that is a return of nondeductible contributions) and may be subject to the 10% additional tax on early distributions
An IRA recharacterization allows you to undo or reverse a rollover or conversion to a Roth IRA. In a recharacterization, you tell the trustee of the financial institution holding your Roth IRA to transfer the amount to a traditional IRA (in a trustee-to-trustee or within the same trustee). If you do this by the due date for your tax return (including extensions), you can treat the contribution as made to the traditional IRA for that year, effectively ignoring the Roth IRA contribution.
No recharacterizations of conversions made in 2018 or later. A conversion of a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, and a rollover from any other eligible retirement plan to a Roth IRA, made after December 31, 2017, cannot be recharacterized as having been made to a traditional IRA.
For details, see "Recharacterizations" in IRS Publication 590-A, Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs).
Consult a professional tax advisor before you decide to convert to a Roth IRA.
|Contribution Year||Roth, Traditional, & Direct Rollover Contribution Limit
(Under Age 50)
|Roth, Traditional, & Direct Rollover Contribution Limit
(Age 50 and over)
|Simplified Employee Pension (SEP- IRA)|
|Filing Deadline Excluding Extensions
4/15 of following year
|Filing Deadline Excluding Extensions
4/15 of following year
|Employer Filing Deadline Including Extensions
4/15 of following year or as extended 10/15
|2018||$5,500||$6,500||Lesser of 25% eligible Comp. or $55,000|
|2019||$6,000||$7,000||Lesser of 25% eligible Comp. or $56,000|
|2020||$6,000||$7,000||Lesser of 25% eligible Comp. or $57,000|
|2021||$6,000||$7,000||Lesser of 25% eligible Comp. or $58,000|
These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor.
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