The Benefits of Making IRA Contributions Before Tax Filing Date

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The Benefits of Making IRA Contributions Before Tax Filing Date

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) stand as powerful tools for securing a comfortable and financially stable retirement. Contributing to an IRA not only helps you build a nest egg for the future but can also offer immediate tax advantages.   It’s important to understand who can make IRA contributions and why making these contributions before the tax filing date is a prudent financial move.

Who Can Make IRA Contributions?

IRAs are available to a wide range of individuals, making them an accessible option for many Americans. The two primary types of IRAs are Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, each with its own set of eligibility criteria.

  1. Traditional IRAs:
    • There are no longer age limitations for regular contributions to a traditional or Roth provided you have earned income (compensation for work).
    • Contribution limits can vary based on income and tax-filing status.
  2. Roth IRAs:
    • Roth IRAs have income limits that determine eligibility. As of the latest information, for tax year 2023, the ability to contribute to a Roth IRA begins to phase out for single filers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) above $138,000 and for married couples filing jointly with a MAGI above $218,000.

Why Contribute Before Tax Filing Date?

  1. Tax Deductions with Traditional IRAs:
    • Contributions to a Traditional IRA may be tax-deductible, providing an immediate reduction in taxable income.  Check with your tax advisor or financial advisor for deductibility details especially if you or your spouse is covered by a retirement plan at work.
    • By making contributions before the tax filing date, individuals can retroactively contribute for the previous tax year and potentially lower their tax liability.
  2. Tax-Free Growth with Roth IRAs:
    • While Roth IRA contributions are not tax-deductible, the earnings within the account grow tax-free.
    • Contributing before the tax filing date allows individuals to maximize their contributions and potential growth for the previous tax year.
  3. Extended Tax Planning Opportunities:
    • Making IRA contributions before the tax filing date extends the window for strategic tax planning.
    • Individuals can assess their overall financial situation after the end of the tax year and decide on the most advantageous contribution amount for their IRA.
  4. How much can you contribute:   For 2023 the limit is $6500 and for those over age 50 it is $7500.
  5. Retirement Readiness:
    • Regular contributions to an IRA demonstrate a commitment to building financial security for retirement.
    • Taking advantage of the time value of money and compounding benefits can significantly enhance one's preparedness for a comfortable retirement.



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