A simple IRA is a retirement savings plan that
offers self-employed individuals a simple way to make retirement savings.
This retirement plan combines the basic
features of IRA and 401(k).
Some rules determine whether these simple IRA contributions limits in 2023 and
whether they are deductible from the annual tax return.
The employees enrolled in an employer’s IRA
plan have their contributions exempted from the gross income for federal
withholding. Claiming a tax deduction on the tax return could lead to a double
A simple IRA offers businesses different ways
to save for retirement. Employees who want to enroll in the plan should have
made $5,000 in the past two years. The employee can make contributions as cash
or as salary deductions. The IRS requires employers to contribute to their
employees’ simple IRA by making 2% of the salary and a dollar-for-dollar up to
3% of the salary. The employer should contribute whether the employee
contributes by themselves.
Contributing to a simple IRA means you put
pre-tax money into your retirement account. The employer does not withhold any
amount for federal income tax. Therefore, you do not need to report the IRA
contributions on your tax return. However, there are different rules that apply
to different businesses. A sole proprietor can make the
deduction contributions and relevant contributions to the simple IRA on Form
You can opt to contribute simultaneously: a
traditional IRA and Roth IRA based on eligibility. The simple IRA contribution
limit in 2023 is $6500($7500) for individuals aged 50 and above.
You should make IRA contributions on an
after-tax basis. However, the eligibility to contribute to a Roth IRA depends
on your income level.
If you file taxes as a single individual, your
Modified Adjusted Gross Income should be $153,000 for 2023. For individuals who
are married and are filing jointly, the Modified Adjusted Gross Income should
be under $ 228,000 for the tax year 2023. This implies that the higher your
income is, the lower the deductible amount. With a higher income, the amount finally phases out.
You cannot contribute more than
you earn. Individuals with an annual taxable compensation of $4,000 have that
as the contribution limit.
When you are a non-working spouse
and have a spousal IRA if you intend to make the maximum contribution to your
IRA, and you are under 50, the working spouse should earn enough to cover the
annual maximum amount for the two of you.