Articles IRA Contributions Limits & Deadlines

November 30, 2014

As you start making contributions to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), be aware of potential restrictions related to amounts, deadlines, income and ages. These restrictions and limitations differ based on the type of IRA plan you have and are important to keep in mind as you build your savings. Don't sell yourself short on retirement savings. Start with the smallest contribution you can afford and build from there.

You can contribute up to $5,500 to Traditional and Roth IRAs, provided you're under age 50 and you've earned wages equal to that amount. If you're age 50 and older, you can contribute up to $6,500. For Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRAs, you can contribute 25 percent of your annual compensation, up to $54,000, regardless of age. If you contribute to more than one type of IRA, the combined total must be below the limit.

Contribution Amount

Under 50 Age 50+
Traditional IRA & Roth IRA* $5,500 $6,500
SEP IRA 25% of annual compensation**

Contribution Deadline

You have until April 18 of the current year to make contributions for the previous year. For example, for 2016 IRA contributions, you could have contributed at anytime during 2016 and up until April 18, 2017.

Traditional and SEP IRAs

To contribute to a Traditional or SEP IRA, you must have earned income and be younger than 70½ in that tax year. Earned income includes wages, salary, tips, bonuses, commissions and self-employment income; it excludes investments and pensions. If you're a non-earning spouse under the age of 70½ who files a joint tax return with a working spouse, you also are eligible to contribute.

Depending on your income, you could be eligible to take a tax deduction on the amount you contribute to your Traditional or SEP IRA.

Income Limits for Tax Deductions

Income for Married
Filing Jointly

Income for Single
Filer

Tax
Deductibility

$99K or less

$62K or less

100% tax-deductible

$99K-$119K

$62K-$72K

A portion is tax-deductible

$119K or more

$72K or more

Not tax-deductible



Roth IRA

To contribute to a Roth IRA, your earned income must be below or within the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) limits. Unlike the Traditional IRA, there is no age restriction for contributing.

MAGI Roth Contribution Limits

Income for Married Filing Jointly

Income for Single Filer

$196K

$133K

*Maximum contribution listed in total combined amount allowed for Traditional and Roth.
**Not to exceed $54,000.
If you are covered by a retirement plan at work, use this table to determine if your modified AGI affects the amount of your deduction.


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