2019 IRA Contribution Deadline is Coming Up


Did you know there's still time to make an IRA contribution for 2019? You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $6,000 for 2019 ($7,000 if you were age 50 or older on December 31, 2019). The contribution deadline for 2019 is July 15, 2020. You can contribute to a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, or both, as long as your total contributions don't exceed the annual limit (or, if less, 100% of your earned income). You may also be able to contribute to an IRA for your spouse for 2019, even if your spouse didn't have any 2019 income.

Traditional IRA You can contribute to a traditional IRA for 2019 if you had taxable compensation and you were not age 70½ by December 31, 2019. Even if you can't make a deductible contribution to a traditional IRA, you can always make a nondeductible (after-tax) contribution, regardless of your income level. However, if you're eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, in most cases you'll be better off making nondeductible contributions to a Roth, rather than making them to a traditional IRA.

Roth IRA You can contribute to a Roth IRA even after reaching 70½ if your MAGI is within certain limits. For 2019, if you file your federal tax return as single or head of household, you can make a full Roth contribution if your income is $122,000 or less. Similarly, if you're married and file a joint federal tax return, you can make a full Roth contribution if your income is $193,000 or less.

If you make a contribution — no matter how small — to a Roth IRA for 2019 by your tax return due date and it is your first Roth IRA contribution, your five-year holding period for identifying qualified distributions from all your Roth IRAs (other than inherited accounts) will start on January 1, 2019. Finally, note that 2019 is the last tax year for which the age 70½ restriction on traditional IRA contributions applies. Due to passage of the SECURE Act in late 2019, beginning with the 2020 tax year, investors over the age of 70½ will be able to contribute to a traditional IRA provided they have compensation equal to at least the amount of the contribution.


If you or your spouse was covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan(401k, 403b, etc) in 2019, then your ability to deduct your traditional IRA contributions may be limited or eliminated, depending on your filing status.


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