What is the Final Deadline to Make an IRA Contribution?

The IRS is firm on the tax filing deadline. An IRA contribution for the prior calendar year must be made by the tax filing deadline, which does not include extensions. Contributions made after April 15th (or an alternate date if this date falls on a holiday or a weekend) will count as a contribution for the current tax year. For example, a contribution made after the 2017 tax filing deadline will be considered a 2018 IRA account contribution.

Also, when …

How Does Losing a Job Affect Your Income Taxes?

There are a number of ways that income taxes can be affected by the loss of a job. Below are descriptions of three common situations and information from the IRS about how they affect federal income taxes:

  1. You get a new job but earn less than you did before: If you had a high income previously, where certain tax deductions were limited, you may no longer be subject to income-based phase-outs. If your income was more moderate before and is

What were Traditional IRA and Roth IRA Contribution Limits in the Past?

IRAs were established by legislation passed in 1974. Traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) first became available in 1975. Anyone with earned income can make the maximum traditional IRA contribution as long as they had at least that much income in a given year. A non-working spouse can establish his/her own traditional IRA if the earned income of the working spouse equals or exceeds the total contributions to both partners’ IRAs.

IRA maximum contribution limits have increased over the years. They

Can Workers’ Income Reduce Their Spouse’s Social Security?

No. The earnings limit ($16,920 in 2017 for beneficiaries who are age 62 through full retirement age) applies only to the income of the person who is collecting a monthly Social Security benefit check. It is that person’s income that determines whether benefits are reduced. One dollar in benefits is withheld for every $2 in earnings above the earnings limit amount.

Where a working spouse’s income will have an effect, however, is in the taxation of Social Security benefits if …

What does it mean when you have pre-tax dollar health insurance premiums deducted from your pay?

When you pay for benefits such as health insurance with pre-tax (also called before-tax) dollars, the deductions are taken off your gross income before income taxes are paid. Taxes are then calculated on the reduced salary amount. Having pre-tax dollar deductions results in less income tax paid than would otherwise be the case.

Examples of items that can be paid with pre-tax dollars include medical and dental insurance and employee parking fees. By way of contrast, after-tax dollar deductions are …

What is FICA Tax and How is it Calculated?

FICA is an acronym for “Federal Insurance Contributions Act.” FICA tax is the money that is taken out of workers’ paychecks to pay older Americans their Social Security retirement and Medicare (Hospital Insurance) benefits. It is a mandatory payroll deduction. Two separate taxes are added together and treated as one amount that is referred to as “payroll taxes” or FICA. These two taxes, individually, pay for both Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare health insurance.

FICA tax deductions also provide …