Susan E. Thomas CPA
Newsletter
Can I still have a traditional IRA if I contribute to my 401(k) plan at work?

Answer:

Yes. Anyone with earned income who is under age 70½ can open and contribute to a traditional IRA. The contribution limit is $5,500 for 2018 (unchanged from 2017), plus an additional "catch-up" contribution of $1,000 in 2017 and 2018 if you're 50 or older. However, you may not be able to deduct your IRA contributions if you're covered by a 401(k) plan at work. Whether or not you can deduct your IRA contributions depends on your filing status and annual income (adjusted gross income, or AGI). Specifically, for tax year 2018:

If your filing status is:

Your IRA deduction is reduced if your AGI is between:

Your deduction is eliminated if your AGI is:

Single or head of household

$63,000-$73,000

$73,000 or more

Married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er)

$101,000-$121,000

$121,000 or more

Married filing separately

$0-$10,000

$10,000 or more

Special rules apply if your spouse is covered by a plan at work, but you are not. You may also qualify for a partial tax credit for amounts contributed to your traditional IRA or your 401(k) plan.



Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc, Copyright 2011