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XrayDoc88
Level 2

Traditional IRA Contributions With Only One Spouse Working

I'd like to confirm what I believe is true.

 

If neither spouse is covered by an employer retirement plan and only one spouse has taxable compensation, can't that spouse still make deductible contributions into both spouse's traditional IRAs as long as they file a joint tax return?

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Mike9241
Level 15

Traditional IRA Contributions With Only One Spouse Working

the spousal IRA rule is  - provided a joint return is filed, the lower-earning spouse (even if no earned income) can consider the other spouse's earned income to the extent it has not been taken into account in making the IRA contribution for the higher-earning spouse.

 

so if your earned income is only $4000, and you contribute $3000 to your IRA you can only contribute $1000 to your spouse's IRA whereas if your earned income is $20,000 you can max out both. 

 

 

 

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Mike9241
Level 15

Traditional IRA Contributions With Only One Spouse Working

the spousal IRA rule is  - provided a joint return is filed, the lower-earning spouse (even if no earned income) can consider the other spouse's earned income to the extent it has not been taken into account in making the IRA contribution for the higher-earning spouse.

 

so if your earned income is only $4000, and you contribute $3000 to your IRA you can only contribute $1000 to your spouse's IRA whereas if your earned income is $20,000 you can max out both. 

 

 

 

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XrayDoc88
Level 2

Traditional IRA Contributions With Only One Spouse Working

Thank you!

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