Individual Retirement Accounts - Kinds of IRAs and Prohibited Transactions 2021

2 min. readlast update: 04.29.2022

Kinds of IRAs

You can open different kinds of IRAs with a variety of organizations. You can open an IRA at a bank or other financial institution or with a mutual fund or life insurance company. You can also open an IRA through your stockbroker. Any IRA must meet Internal Revenue Code requirements, which are listed below for various arrangements.

Traditional IRAs

Your traditional IRA can be an individual retirement account or annuity. It can be part of either a simplified employee pension (SEP) or an employer or employee association trust account.

Individual retirement account. An individual retirement account is a trust or custodial account set up in the United States for the exclusive benefit of you or your beneficiaries. The account is created by a written document. The document must show that the account meets all of the following requirements.

  •  The trustee or custodian must be a bank, a federally insured credit union, a savings and loan association, or an entity approved by the IRS to act as trustee or custodian.
  •  The trustee or custodian generally cannot accept contributions of more than the deductible amount for the year. However, rollover contributions and employer contributions to a SEP can be more than this amount.
  •  Contributions, except for rollover contributions, must be in cash.
  •  You must have a nonforfeitable right to the amount at all times.
  •  Money in your account cannot be used to buy a life insurance policy.
  •  Assets in your account cannot be combined with other property, except in a common trust fund or common investment fund.

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