March 16, 2017

4 Weeks Until an Important Deadline

by Chris Mullis, Ph.D.


Here’s an important reminder if you have an individual retirement account (IRA) or are considering opening an IRA. 2016 contributions to IRAs can still be made up through April 18, 2017.

[Tax day falls on April 18, 2017. Usually, April 15 is the day taxes and IRA contributions are due. But in 2017, that falls on a Saturday. On Monday, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day. That affects taxes the same way federal holidays do. Emancipation Day is normally April 16, but that’s a Sunday. Therefore, the tax deadline is pushed out to the following Tuesday, April 18.]

Make it a double? If you really want to make the most of the growth potential that retirement accounts offer, you should consider making a double contribution this year: a last-minute one for the 2016 tax year and an additional one for 2017, which you’ll claim on the tax return you file next year. That strategy can add much more to your retirement nest egg than you’d think.

2016/2017 Annual IRA Contribution Limits*

  • Traditional/IRA Rollover: $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 years old or older)
  • Roth IRA: $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 years old or older)
  • SIMPLE IRA: $12,500 ($15,500 if you are 50 years old or older)
  • SEP IRA: $53,000 (2016); $54,000 (2017)

*Note: The maximum contribution limit is affected by your taxable compensation for the year. Refer to IRS Publication 590 for full details.

The savings, tax deferral, and earnings opportunities of an IRA make good financial sense. The sooner you make your contributions, the more your money can grow.

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