LIBERTY TAX EXAMINES IRA CHANGES FOR FILING A 2011 TAX RETURN

 

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March 13, 2012 
   

 

 
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LIBERTY TAX EXAMINES IRA CHANGES FOR FILING A 2011 TAX RETURN   

 

(Virginia Beach, VA)  There’s still time to reduce your tax bill by contributing to an existing IRA (Individual Retirement Arrangement) or opening one at a bank or other financial institution.  Liberty Tax urges taxpayers to plan ahead for retirement, and make contributions by the tax filing deadline to take advantage of tax breaks.  IRA contributions may be fully or partially deductible.  If you contributed to an IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan in 2011, you may be eligible for a Savers Credit of 10% to 50%.  This nonrefundable credit is based on the return income, and can be up to $1,000 per taxpayer depending on your adjusted gross income. It can be taken in addition to the deduction of the traditional IRA contribution. This credit does reduce your taxable amount dollar per dollar, but not less than zero.   

“Taxpayers covered by a pension plan can also deduct IRA contributions if they meet the modified adjusted gross income requirements,” commented John Hewitt, CEO of Liberty Tax Service.    

In 2011, a couple filing married filing jointly whose modified adjusted gross income is more than $90,000 but less than $110,000 can take a partial deduction for a traditional IRA, and so can single taxpayers (including head of household filers) making more than $56,000 but less than $66,000.    

If you’re contributing to a Roth IRA, a couple filing married filing jointly can make up to $169,000, and a single taxpayer can earn up to $107,000 and make the maximum contribution to a Roth IRA. The contribution limit for 2011 is $5,000 ($6,000 if age 50 or older) for both traditional or Roth IRAs. Taxpayers converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs are not subject to modified AGI and filing status requirements. Those who converted traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs in 2010 and didn’t report the taxable income must generally report half of it this year on their 2011 return.  

Once again, taxpayers can take an allowance for tax-free distributions from individual retirement plans for charitable purposes on their 2011 returns.  

 

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