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Q: Liz is 45 years old. She is eligible to contribute to a Traditional IRA. What is the maximum amount that she could contribute for 2018? A: Liz could contribute up to the contribution cap of $5,500 assuming that she has at least this amount of earned income.
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Q: Liz is 52 years old. She is eligible to contribute to a Traditional IRA. What is the maximum amount that she could contribute for 2018? A: Liz could contribute up to the contribution cap plus the additional catchup contribution ($1,000) for a grand total of $6,500 assuming that she has at least this amount of earned income. Q: How are traditional IRAs compared to qualified plans? A: Both qualified plans and traditional IRAs are tax-advantaged retirement plans which enable pre-tax contributions. They may have very different contribution limits and eligibility rules. Qualified plans are sponsored by an employer, while traditional IRAs are constructed outside of the employer’s purview. Q: When should someone begin to make contributions to an IRA? A: Individuals should be encouraged to begin making IRA contributions as soon as they have earned income. This means that once a teen gets their first job, they should be encouraged to begin saving and learning about the stock and bond markets. IRA Availability When Covered by a Plan at Work Taxpayers who are covered by a retirement savings plan with their employer are known as active participants . This term does not apply to those covered by non-qualified plans. Within a defined benefit plan, someone is deemed to be an active participant if they are eligible to receive a contribution. Within a defined contribution plan, the employee must actually receive an allocation of the aggregate contribution in order to be considered an active participant. For this purpose, SEPs, SIMPLEs, and 403(b)s are considered to be defined contribution plans. Contributions at any level will qualify the taxpayer as an active participant. Even contributions as low as $1 still will earn them the title. Consider an employee who makes regular contributions into their 401(k) at work. They terminate employment, for whatever reason, in early February, which is just after when the January contribution was made. This taxpayer accepts a new job at a small business who does not offer a retirement plan. Is this person an active participant? The answer is yes! Because they contributed one month’s worth of salary deferral, they are considered an active participant. For the purposes of determining active participation, contributions are credited in the calendar year in which the plan ends. Consider an employee who first becomes eligible for participation in their employer’s 401(k) on July 1, 2018. The plan year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Is this taxpayer an active participant in 2018? The answer is no! The plan year actually ends in 2019. They will be an active participant in 2019 but not in 2018. This is a technicality that is most useful for a CPA who is preparing taxes.
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