Both my wife and I are receiving Social Security and dividends. I receive a pension. Can we take a deductible IRA contribution?
You must be asking if you can "make" an IRA contribution, rather than "take" an IRA contribution. No, either one of you must have earned compensation from wages, salary, bonuses, commissions, or self-employment income in order to make an IRA contribution. Compensation doesn't include interest, dividends, Social Security benefits, rent, and pensions. | 09.29.14 @ 18:56
Taking a deductible IRA contribution depends on your Adjusted Gross Income or AGI. Your AGI is affected by Pensions and SS Benefits you received. Portions of these (Pensions and SS Benefits), maybe taxable up to a certain percentage. So, the IRA deductible contribution maybe reduced down to a zero level. | 09.30.14 @ 12:31
In order to make an IRA deductible contribution there needs to be earned income ( i.e. Wages, Salary, Tips). However, there are two questions that come to mind; Are you over 70 1/2 and are either of you working? When you reach the age of 70 1/2, a person cannot make deductible contributions even if they are still working. Second, if either spouse is still below the said age and working possibly part time ( which I assume is not the case since your question specifically states where both of your sources of income comes from) then they may be able to make a contribution. I would suggest to speak to your tax advisor to find ways to minimize your tax liability which I assume must be an issue for you since your asking this question. He may refer you to an financial advisor that can work together with all of you to find a solution. | 10.13.15 @ 22:55
No. You must have "earned income"to make an IRA contribution. Unearned income: pension, dividends or interest does not qualify. | 04.26.16 @ 19:35