The Last Day for 2016 IRA Contributions is Coming Soon!

Contributed by: Jeanette LoPiccolo, CRPC® Jeanette LoPiccolo

Just like last year, the 2017 federal tax return deadline doesn't fall on the usual date of April 15. With the 15th falling on a Saturday and a holiday on the 17th, income tax filings for the 2016 tax year and federal tax payments are due on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

The last day to make a contribution to an IRA for any tax year is when taxes are due.

So, April 18th, 2017 is the last day to make a contribution to your individual retirement account for the 2016 tax year. Even if you file for an extension on your tax return, the deadline for 2016 IRA contributions is still April 18th.

Individuals who are 50 or older can contribute up to $6,500 to an IRA during a tax year, whereas younger savers can contribute $5,500. Making a contribution to an IRA before the tax deadline is a great way to catch up if you didn't maximize your IRA contribution during the last calendar year. 

Contributing to your retirement account is not just a smart decision for your future. Making a contribution to a traditional IRA can potentially reduce taxes you owe or result in a larger refund for the 2016 tax year. 

In addition, did you know that the Saver’s Credit is available to some taxpayers who make IRA contributions? While not everyone reading this blog may be eligible for this deal, you may have a friend or family member who is. You can pass along this info because helping others save money feels good too, right? 

It’s called the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (aka the Saver’s Credit). Nick Defenthaler, CFP®, wrote a great blog about it.

Want a quick example of how the Saver’s Credit works? Jill, who works at a retail store, is married and earned $37,000 in 2016. Jill’s husband is finishing college and didn’t have any earnings. Jill contributed $1,000 to her IRA for 2016 before the 4/18/17 deadline. After deducting her IRA contribution, the adjusted gross income shown on her joint return is $36,000. Jill may claim a 50% credit, $500, for her $1,000 IRA contribution.

For more information, check out the IRS website link here.

If you have any questions or want to contribute to your retirement account, please feel free to contact us or your CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Jeanette LoPiccolo, CRPC® is a Client Service Manager at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.®

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