Do you know everything you need to know about your 2021 IRA Contribution Limits? Did you know the IRS changed these limits from 2020? Federal regulations that cover annual Roth, Traditional, Simple and SEP IRAs, your overall 401k limits, as well as income limits for all accounts are in flux.
Each year, the IRS changes the rules governing individual retirement accounts, so it is important to stay current on the new regulations for your IRA, especially when opening a Roth IRA.
Some questions that may be on your mind right now:
Two sets of Rules. The rules that govern your annual maximum contribution to your individual retirement account depend upon your age: one set of regulations if you are under 50 this year, and another set of rules if you turn 50 or older this year.
If you are under 50 in 2021, the maximum IRA limit for contributions that you can make is six thousand dollars, up to the amount you made in taxable income this year. So if you only made four thousand dollars this year, this is the maximum you can contribute. This applies to both traditional and Roth IRA limits.
If you turn 50 or older this year the most you can contribute to your individual retirement account is seven thousand dollars, up to but not exceeding your 2021 taxable income. This amount includes the six thousand dollar limit that everyone qualifies for, as well as an additional one thousand catch-up contribution. Income limits apply!
In 2020 the annual limit for your IRA contribution was six thousand dollars, for those 50 and under. If you were over 50 in 2020, the catch-up contribution rules increased your maximum limit to seven thousand dollars.
Maximums for Roth IRAs are the same, but keep the following in mind. The rules above apply to both traditional and Roth IRAs. If you have both types of accounts, it is important to know that the annual limits above apply to combined contributions. So for example, if you are under 50, you can invest two thousand dollars into your traditional IRA and up to a four thousand dollars maximum into your 2020 Roth IRA, or any other combination as long as the total doesn’t exceed six thousand dollars. If you are over 50, any combination of investment up to seven thousand dollars is allowed by the federal government.
Upper income limits also apply! Read about Roth IRA Rules for 2021 for more information on these restrictions. (for Traditional IRA limits, see below.)
Essential Individual Retirement Account Information:
1. 2021 Traditional IRA Income Limits. The federal government places upper limits on how much you can contribute to a traditional IRA, which varies from individual to individual. The limits are based on age, tax filing status and your modified AGI – or your adjusted gross income. Read about the 2020 – 2021 traditional IRA income limits for more.
2. Deadlines – The IRS places different deadlines for each type of retirement account. Missing the deadline can prove costly to your savings and the growth of you funds. Find your 2020 Individual Retirement Account IRA deadline information in our master mega document.
3. SEP IRA Contribution Limits. SEP-Individual Retirement accounts are usually intended for sole-proprietorship business owners. These accounts have their own regulations for contributions and income limits, which most find extremely complex. Read about SEP Maximums for 2021.
4. Simple IRA Contribution Limits. Despite their name, most people find Simple IRAs anything but simple. These are great plans with higher limits, so be sure to take advantage of the increased maximums. Learn more about Simple IRA Limits for 2021 and 2020.