The good news was that my husband made an extra $15k in recruiting bonuses this year (it's quite common in our industry for the company to pay you a bonus if you convince your friends to take a job that open.) The bad news was that this extra income plus our stock profits and dividends pushed our income into the range where you can't contribute the full $4k to a ROTH. The good news is that we decided to put $2200 each into our ROTHs and the remaining $1800 each into our traditional IRAs. What I hadn't realized was that a spousal IRA is deductible -- the contribution lowered our tax bill from $2200 to $1600! Perhaps I should've put the full $4k into the traditional IRA to really reduce the bill, but on the other hand I want to contribute as much to the ROTH as possible now because we won't be eligible when I start working again in a couple of years.
Pleasant tax-time surprise
April 21st, 2007 at 08:45 am