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Want to Lower Your Tax Bill? Contribute to an IRA

April 1, 2013

Many think that their tax bill is set in stone at the end of the year. However, this is not necessarily true. Although most money saving options to defer income or increase deductions are limited after December 31st of the previous year, there are still a few things you can do to help lower your taxes. In fact, Turbo Tax listed “contributing to retirement accounts” as the number one way to lower taxes after January 1st.

In her recent article entitled “Claim This Last-Minute Tax Break”, Emily Brandon of US News explains, “If an employee who is in the 25 percent tax bracket contributes $5,000 to a traditional IRA, he will save $1,250 on his current tax bill. He is able to defer paying income on that $5,000 until the money is withdrawn… And if you drop into the 15 percent tax bracket in retirement, you will only pay $750 in taxes on that $5,000 later when you withdraw it.”

The deadline to fund your retirement account, both traditional IRA and Roth IRA, is April 15, 2013. Making a deductible contribution will help you lower your tax bill this year. Plus, your contributions will compound tax-deferred. For 2012, the maximum IRA contribution you can make is $5,000 ($6,000 if you are age 50 or older by the end of the year).

The tax savings from making an IRA contribution in April has the potential to be huge. Over time, you may even end up saving thousands on your taxes, depending on your contribution, income tax bracket, and the number of years you keep the money invested.

Give our Florida self-directed IRA administrators a call today at 407-367-3472 to learn more about your IRA options including self-directed IRAs and real estate IRAs!  We at NuView IRA are educators and administrators, not brokers or dealers, so call us today. And as always, we wish you all the best in your investments!