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IRA Contribution Limits

For the years 2019, 2020, and 2021, the IRA contribution limit is $6,000. If you’re aged 50 or older the limit is $7,000. For the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, the limit was $5,500. If you were aged 50 or older the limit was $6,500. Note that these contributions could be limited depending on your income and filing status. See IRA Contribution Limits.

Do IRA Contributions Count As Income?

Your deductions are allowed in full, providing neither you nor your spouse is covered by a workplace retirement plan. IRA contributions are considered to be income from work, therefore, IRA contributors who are covered by a retirement plan at work may not be able to deduct the full amount of their IRA contributions. Note that Roth IRA contributions are not deductible.

Contributing To A Retirement Plan At Work? Can You Still Contribute To An IRA?

Yes, you can contribute to both a retirement plan at work and an IRA; however, the total amount you can contribute across all accounts is capped, so if you’re already maxing out your workplace retirement plan you won’t be able to contribute anything additional to an IRA. Additionally, the type of retirement plan you have at work may affect how much you can deduct from your IRA contribution. If you have a Roth 401(k), your IRA contribution will be treated as Roth contributions and won’t be deductible. If you have a traditional 401(k), your IRA contribution will be treated as a traditional contribution, and potentially deductible. Keep in mind that IRA contribution limits are per person, not per account. So, even if you and your spouse both have IRA accounts, your contributions will still be limited. See IRA Contribution Limits. And  IRA deduction limits.

How Much Can I Contribute To An IRA For My Spouse?

Both spouses can make IRA contributions if they have taxable compensation and file a joint return. If only one spouse has taxable compensation, then the IRA contribution limit is reached when the contribution is made on behalf of that spouse. For IRA purposes, “taxable compensation” generally includes wages, salaries, tips, self-employment income, and alimony. IRA contributions are not tax-deductible, but they can grow tax-deferred until withdrawal. 

See annual contribution limits on IRAs and IRA Contribution Limits and IRA deduction limits.

Should Nondeductible Roth IRA Contributions Be Reported on My Tax Return With a Form 8606?
This form-  Form 8606, Nondeductible IRAs PDF – should not be used for reporting nondeductible Roth IRA contributions. However, Form 8606 should be used to report amounts converted to a Roth IRA from a Traditional IRA, a Simple IRA, or a SEP.


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