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IRA is individual retirement account and your employer cannot make pretax contributions into it. You can ask your HR if they will deposit it directly into your IRA but it will be still be taxed and you will need to take a deduction on your tax return, if you are eligible.
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It can be tax deferred if you put it into your 401K or other employer sponsored plan. You cannot make a pretax contribution into IRA - or any other individual retirement plan.
The main reason is that most people can contribute to IRA (as long as they have earned income) but not everybody can deduct it. Your AGI and your filing status will determine if you can deduct it or not. Your employer has no way of knowing if you will be eligible to deduct the contribution and therefore cannot make pretax contribution into your IRA.