Secure Act, Part 3 – IRA contributions

April 21, 2020
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In this third post on the Secure Act changes, I want to talk about a new ruling that could greatly benefit late retirees or part time retirement workers. Prior to the law passing, Traditional IRA contributions could not be made past age 70 ½, making it more difficult for individuals who are still working to defer income. The new law removed the age limitation and allows individuals who have earned income to make contributions.

For individuals who are still working, this could be a nice tax relief, especially if you are no longer able to participate in the 401(k). Since many workers that are over 70 ½ are not working full time but rather doing part-time work or consulting, this is helpful if you want to defer income.

However, if you were thinking of making contributions only to then distribute them by a QCD (see last week’s post), think again. The Secure Act has a clause that reduces any QCDs by the total post 70 ½ deductible Traditional IRA contributions (Levine, 2020). So you cannot just make tax deductible contributions for the sole purpose of turning around and immediately making a tax-free gift to charity. 

 

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Citations:

  1. Levine, Jeffrey, and Team Kitces. “SECURE Act And Tax Extenders Creates Retirement Planning Opportunities And Challenges.” Nerd's Eye View | Kitces.com, 9 Jan. 2020, www.kitces.com/blog/secure-act-2019-stretch-ira-rmd-effective-date-mep-auto-enrollment/.