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I owe taxes to the IRS this year. My question is, can I add money to an IRA to bring the taxes owed amount down? I did have earned income for the first quarter of 2017.
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That may help. You have till April 17th 2018 to make a contribution for 2017.

For 2017 and 2018, your total contributions to all of your IRAs cannot be more than:

  • $5500 ($6,500 if you’re age 50 or older), or
  • your taxable compensation for the year, if your compensation was less than this dollar limit.

If in that first quarter you made less than the $5500 you cannot contribute the full amount.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I made over $36,000 the first quarter. According to Turbo Tax, in order to claim the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit as a Single person I can only make $31,000. Does this mean that I cannot add to an IRA to get any tax credit?

It means you do not get the credit. It does not stop you from contributing.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
not even partial credit? Is there nothing else that I can do to reduce my taxes owed? Also, is the $31,000 limit correct?

The contribution it self will be subtracted from your income. The amount you contribute acts as an adjustment so your income is lessened.

$30,750 is the limit and if you made $36000 you do not get even a part of the credit.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks for your help.

You are most welcome

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