Tax Bite: Yes, there’s still time to make a 2014 IRA contribution!

Tax BitesThe deadline for 2014 IRA contributions is April 15, 2015. The limit for total contributions to all IRAs generally is $5,500 ($6,500 if you were age 50 or older on Dec. 31, 2014).

If you haven’t already maxed out your 2014 limit, consider making one of these types of contributions by April 15:

1. Deductible traditional. If you and your spouse don’t participate in an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k) — or you do but your income doesn’t exceed certain limits — the contribution is fully deductible on your 2014 tax return. Account growth is tax-deferred; distributions are subject to income tax.

2. Roth. The contribution isn’t deductible, but qualified distributions — including growth — are tax-free. Income-based limits may reduce or eliminate your ability to contribute, however.

3. Nondeductible traditional. If your income is too high for you to fully benefit from a deductible traditional or a Roth contribution, you may benefit from a nondeductible contribution to a traditional IRA. The account can still grow tax-deferred, and when you take qualified distributions you’ll be taxed only on the growth. Alternatively, shortly after contributing, you may be able to convert the account to a Roth IRA with minimal tax liability.

Want to know which option best fits your situation? Contact us.

Ryan Giolitto

Ryan Giolitto is a business consultant and advisor helping businesses and individuals focus on growing their business and wealth to fund a successful retirement strategy. Ryan is Manager of U.S. Tax and Financial Consulting Services at CDH, P.C. where he specializes in tax and financial planning for businesses and high net worth individuals. Ryan graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign with a B.S. degree in Accounting and a M.S. degree in Taxation. Ryan is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Illinois and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). http://www.cdhcpa.com
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