Author Topic: Ending 2016 correctly  (Read 1398 times)

doneby35

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Ending 2016 correctly
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:24:45 PM »
Here's an overview of my 2016:
1. Earned income from job was 106,000.
2. Capital short term gains (6500) - capital short term losses (2500): 6500 - 2500 = 4000
3. Sold a house for 330,000 before hitting the 2 year mark to not pay tax on the gains (initially bought it for 320,000)
4. Contributions to 401k: 8500

I'm trying to figure it out if I can contribute to traditional IRA for 2016 and deduct it. I'll be filing jointly and my spouse is unemployed. I know I can contribute the max for her and be able to deduct all of it, but will I be able to do the same for myself?

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Re: Ending 2016 correctly
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 08:27:40 PM »
I thought you didn't pay tax on the gains if you held the house for more than 2 years, not the other way around?

terran

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Re: Ending 2016 correctly
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2017, 08:32:42 PM »
Looks like an AGI of $111,500 which is well above the limit for a deductible tIRA for married filing jointly since you have a retirement plan at work.

doneby35

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Re: Ending 2016 correctly
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2017, 08:49:53 PM »
Correct, I did not hold the house for 2 years, therefore I'm assuming i would be paying capital gains tax on the $10,000.
Should I be contributing to a roth IRA instead? or should I just contribute to the 2017 traditional IRA? (2017 will be back to normal as far as me being below the limit for full deductibility)

terran

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Re: Ending 2016 correctly
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 08:54:04 PM »
I would do the roth. Use it or lose it. Then you have almost 18 months to fund a 2017 IRA (and maybe get more into the 401k too?).

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Re: Ending 2016 correctly
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2017, 09:35:49 PM »
See Publication 590-A (2016): tIRA MAGI calculation.

If you are below $98K you can deduct the full $5500.

If you are above $118K you can't deduct anything.

If you are above $98K but below $118K you can deduct ($118K - MAGI) / ($118K - $98K) * $5500.