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Self-Directed IRA Contribution Limits

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The Self-Directed IRA LLC Maximum Contribution

The Self-Directed IRA LLC Maximum Contribution for 2021 is $6,000 if you’re under the age of 50. If you’re 50 and over, you can make an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution.  The maximum contribution is $7,000 if you’re at least age 50.

Some people ask if there is a Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) income limit. The answer to that is, no. There are absolutely no income limits to establish this retirement account.

The Self-Directed IRA LLC maximum contribution limits are unchanged from the 2020 limits.

IRA Contributions

An IRA contribution is the money that an IRA holder (you) places in your individual retirement account. You can contribute money to any type of IRA, including a Self-Directed IRA. As you may know, contributions create a nest egg until you reach the age of retirement.

The two most common IRAs to invest in are traditional and Roth. But again, you can invest in any type of IRA.

When you make a Self-Directed IRA contribution, you must make it to the IRA administrator/custodian. Contributions cannot go directly to your LLC. However, when it goes to the custodian, the funds then transfer into your IRA LLC.

Thanks to the SECURE Act, as of January 1, 2020, there are no longer age restrictions for contributing to a traditional IRA.  Previously, one could not fund a traditional IRA once you reached age 72.

Why do Maximum Self-Directed IRA Contributions Exist?

The IRS have kept the IRA contributions low to limit the amount of deductions an individual can take on his/her tax return. This is because they want to limit how much you can save for retirement each year. It may sound strange, but the IRA does not want to you leave the funds in your retirement account and build an inheritance.

Providing Less Than the LLC Maximum Contribution

You are entirely within your rights to contribute less than the self-directed IRA LLC maximum contribution. In fact, there’s no requirement to make any yearly contributions to your IRA. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you cannot make up the difference in the following tax year.

Roth IRA Maximum Contributions

Roth IRA limits for 2021 are the same as a traditional IRA.  Again, the total amount that you can contribute is $6,000. If you are older than 50, you can contribute up to $7,000. Income limit restrictions have also increased.

If you’re a single filer, your income limit starts at $125,000. This is up from $124,000 in 2020. It ends at $140,000, up from $139,000 in 2020. For married filers and qualifying widowers, the income limit starts at $198,000. This is up from $196,000 in 2020. It ends at $208,000, up from $206,000.

What Happens When One Spouse Earns Income?

Many people wonder if they can establish a Self-Directed IRA or IRA LLC if one spouse earns income for the year. You certainly can! Simply file a joint return and you and your spouse can each make IRA contributions.

The amount of your combined contributions must not be more than the taxable compensation on your joint return. Additionally, the combined amount cannot exceed the maximum IRA contributions for the year. It doesn’t matter which spouse earns the compensation.

Can I Contribute if I’m Covered by a Work Retirement Plan?

If you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or SIMPLE IRA plan, you can still make Self-Directed IRA contributions. However, if your employment retirement plan sponsors both you and your spouse, and your income exceeds certain levels, you may not be able to deduct the full contribution.

To learn more about the Self-Directed IRA, please visit our Self-Directed IRA FAQ page or contact us at 800.472.0646.

Did You Know?

The Self-Directed IRA structure allows for an investor to use retirement funds to make real estate and other alternative investments, without tax. There’s a big difference between custodian controlled and checkbook controlled IRAs, and when you learn about both you can decide what works best for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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