There’s Still Time to Fund an IRA for 2023 (Before Tax Day)

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by Brandon Baiamonte, MS, CPA, CFP®, CFE, CFM, Director of Tax Strategy
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April 3, 2024
There's Still Time to Fund an IRA for 2023 (Before Tax Day)

The tax filing deadline is fast approaching, which means time is running out to fund an IRA for 2023. If you had earned income last year, you may be able to contribute up to $6,500 for 2023 ($7,500 for those age 50 or older by December 31, 2023) up until your tax return due date, excluding extensions. For most people, that date is Monday, April 15, 2024.

You can contribute to a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, or both. Total contributions cannot exceed the annual limit or 100% of your taxable compensation, whichever is less. You may also be able to contribute to an IRA for your spouse for 2023, even if your spouse had no earned income.

Making a last-minute contribution to an IRA may help you reduce your 2023 tax bill. In addition to the potential for tax-deductible contributions to a traditional IRA, you may also be able to claim the Saver’s Credit for contributions to a traditional or Roth IRA, depending on your income. For more information, visit irs.gov.

Traditional IRA Contributions May Be Deductible

 If you and your spouse were not covered by a work-based retirement plan in 2023, your traditional IRA contributions are fully tax deductible. If you were covered by a work-based plan, you can take a full deduction if you’re single and had a 2023 modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $73,000 or less, or married filing jointly with a 2023 MAGI of $116,000 or less. You may be able to take a partial deduction if your MAGI fell within the following limits.

2023 income ranges for partial deduction for traditional IRA

 

 

 

 

If you were not covered by a work-based plan but your spouse was, you can take a full deduction if your joint MAGI was $218,000 or less, a partial deduction if your MAGI fell between $218,000 and $228,000, and no deduction if your MAGI was $228,000 or more.

Consider Roth IRAs As An Alternative

 If you can’t make a deductible traditional IRA contribution, a Roth IRA may be a more appropriate alternative. Although Roth IRA contributions are not tax-deductible, qualified distributions are tax-free. You can make a full Roth IRA contribution for 2023 if you’re single and your MAGI was $138,000 or less, or married filing jointly with a 2023 MAGI of $218,000 or less. Partial contributions may be allowed if your MAGI fell within the following limits. 

2023 income ranges for partial deduction for Roth IRA

 

 

 

 

You have until your tax return due date, excluding extensions, to contribute up to $6,500 for 2023 ($7,500 if you were age 50 or older on December 31, 2023) to all IRAs combined. For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2023 is April 15, 2024.Click To Tweet

 PRO TIP: If you can’t make an annual contribution to a Roth IRA because of the income limits, there is a workaround. You can make a nondeductible contribution to a traditional IRA and then immediately convert that traditional IRA contribution to a Roth IRA. (This is sometimes called a backdoor Roth IRA.) Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to aggregate all traditional IRAs and SEP/SIMPLE IRAs you own — other than IRAs you’ve inherited — when you calculate the taxable portion of your conversion.

A qualified distribution from a Roth IRA is one made after the account is held for at least five years and the account owner reaches age 59½, becomes disabled, or dies. If you make an initial contribution — no matter how small — to a Roth IRA for 2023 by your tax return due date, and it is your first Roth IRA contribution, your five-year holding period starts on January 1, 2023.

Qualified IRA Conversion Planning Advice

 It’s important to note that the suitability of a conversion depends on individual circumstances, including income, retirement timeline, and financial goals. Before making any decisions, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified financial advisor or tax professional who can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

At Mission Wealth, our Strategy Group can review your tax situation and perform an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of converting your IRA.

Contact us today for a free discovery consultation and to be matched with a financial advisor who can accompany you through every step of your financial journey.

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