Is a Traditional or Roth IRA a better option for someone who's never had a full-time job?

My mother who is a house wife and recently widowed, has never invested into any type of retirement account (56 years old). I am suggesting she invest $6,500 a year into an IRA. If she has never had a paying job, thus doesn't worry about things like tax brackets, is a Traditional IRA better than a Roth? If she decides to completely withdraw from the IRA after she turns 59 1/2, can she again put money into the IRA later on?

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June 2017
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You don't mention whether she is now working or where the $6500 would come from.  If she has no earned income she can't contribute to any type of IRA.  However, if she inherited a Traditional spousal IRA she may want to do annual Roth conversions up to the standard deduction & exemption limit of $10,400 (2017)  (You'll need advice from whoever does her taxes to determine the maximum amount she can convert each year.)  A substantial IRA could cause her to have taxable income at age 70.5 so it would be sweet to make it all tax free before then.  If she inherited the IRA from a parent, then Roth conversions aren't available.

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