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Maximizing Taxes with IRA Contributions

If you’re looking to save on taxes and invest in your future retirement, an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can be a great option. One potential benefit of an IRA is the ability to deduct contributions from your taxable income. In this blog, we’ll explore the ins and outs of IRA tax deductions.

Firstly, it’s important to note that not all taxpayers are eligible for IRA deductions. Eligibility depends on factors such as income level and whether you or your spouse have access to a retirement plan at work.

For those who do qualify, there are contribution limits for the amount you can contribute each year. For 2023, the contribution limit is $6,500 for individuals under 50 years old and $7,500 for those over 50 years old.

Additionally, the amount of your deductible contribution depends on several factors such as the type of IRA you have (Traditional or Roth) and whether or not you have a workplace retirement plan. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Traditional IRA with no workplace retirement plan: If neither you nor your spouse have access to a workplace retirement plan like a 401(k), then you can deduct your full contribution regardless of income level.
  • Traditional IRA with a workplace retirement plan: If you or your spouse participate in a workplace plan like a 401(k), then there are income thresholds that determine how much of your Traditional IRA contribution is deductible. For 2023, if your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is below $144,000 ($228,000 if married filing jointly), then you can take the full deduction. The deduction phases out gradually as MAGI increases until it is completely phased out.
  • Roth IRA: Contributions to Roth IRAs are never deductible since they are made with post-tax dollars.

It’s important to note that IRAs have deadlines for contributions each year – typically on April 15th of the following year. This means that if you want to make contributions count towards this year’s taxes – they must be done by tax day!

While eligibility rules regarding IRAs may vary depending on specific circumstances, understanding which type of account fits where around these rules can help keep more money in individual investors’ pockets when they need it most!

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Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult a tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction or submitting any IRS form.
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Ramin Mohammad

Ramin Mohammad is a lawyer and CPA with over 15 years of experience including working in audits, teaching, and in big law. Ramin helps clients on both personal and business related tax issues ranging from a multitude of practice areas including tax structuring, planning and cross jurisdictional taxes. His client-base expands throughout the US and overseas offering tax consulting, tax planning and tax preparation.

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