Posted by Administrator Account on 12/23/2014 1:43 PM

IRA remindersIf you have an IRA or may open one soon, there are some key year-end rules that you should know. Here are the top four reminders on IRAs from the IRS:

 

1.  Know the limits.  You can contribute up to a maximum of $5,500 ($6,500 if you are age 50 or older) to a traditional or Roth IRA. If you file a joint return, you and your spouse can each contribute to an IRA even if only one of you has taxable compensation. In some cases, you may need to reduce your deduction for traditional IRA contributions. This rule applies if you or your spouse has a retirement plan at work and your income is above a certain level. You have until April 15, 2015, to make an IRA contribution for 2014.

2.  Avoid excess contributions.  If you contribute more than the IRA limits for 2014, you are subject to a six percent tax on the excess amount. The tax applies each year that the excess amounts remain in your account. You can avoid the tax if you withdraw the excess amounts from your account by the due date of your 2014 tax return (including extensions).

3.  Take required distributions.  If you’re at least age 70½, you must take a required minimum distribution, or RMD, from your traditional IRA. You are not required to take a RMD from your Roth IRA. You normally must take your RMD by Dec. 31, 2014. That deadline is April 1, 2015, if you turned 70½ in 2014. If you have more than one traditional IRA, you figure the RMD separately for each IRA. However, you can withdraw the total amount from one or more of them. If you don’t take your RMD on time you face a 50 percent excise tax on the RMD amount you failed to take out.

4.  Claim the saver’s credit (retirement savings contribution credit). You may qualify for this credit if you contribute to an IRA or retirement plan. The saver’s credit can increase your refund or reduce the tax you owe. The maximum credit is $1,000, or $2,000 for married couples. The credit you receive is often much less, due in part because of the deductions and other credits you may claim.

Posted by Administrator Account on 12/22/2011 10:38 AM
According to the IRS, low and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2011 and the years ahead.

The saver’s credit helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to IRAs and to 401(k) plans and similar workplace retirement programs. This is also known as the retirement savings contributions credit and is available in addition to any other tax savings that apply.

The saver’s credit can be claimed by:

·        Married couples filing jointly with incomes up to $56,500 in 2011 or $57,500 in 2012;

·        Heads of Household with adjusted gross income up to $42,375 in 2011 or $43,125 in 2012; and

·        Married individuals filing separately and singles with adjusted gross income up to $28,250 in 2011 or $28,750 in 2012.

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