It's Not Too Late...2017 Tax Savings Opportunities to Implement Before April 17th!

I wrote a similar blog last year but I think it is important to remind people that…

There are still tax savings strategies, for tax year 2017, you can implement before the April 17th tax deadline. Two major opportunities, which I have outlined in further detail below, include contributing to a Health Savings Account, and contributing to an IRA.


If you are employed, and have the option for a High Deductible Health Plan, you qualify for a Health Savings Account (HSA). Funds in an HSA account do not expire and can be used even after you leave your place of employment.

You have until the 4/17 deadline to make contributions to your HSA Account.

Making a contribution:HSA
Typically contributions to an HSA are made through payroll. Now that we are past the end of 2017 you will need to make the contribution personally.

To make these contributions you can:

  • Write a check to your HSA provider with a memo note of “2017 contribution.”
  • Transfer funds into your HSA account online and indicate “2017 contribution.”
  • An HSA contribution is an above the line deduction to get you to your adjusted gross income (AGI).

Contribution Limits:

  • Single Plan Annual Contribution Limit - $3400
  • Family Plan Annual Contribution Limit - $6750
  • If you are over 55 years of age you can make additional contributions of $1,000
  • These are no limitations based on income level 


There are three different types of IRA accounts (Traditional IRA, Roth IRA and SEP IRA) all with specific requirements to be aware of.

You have until the 4/17 tax deadline to make contributions to your traditional and ROTH IRA accounts.  If you extend, you have until the extension deadline of 10/15 to make contributions to your SEP IRA account. 

Making a contribution:

  • Online
  • Write a check to a brokerage firm
  • A traditional IRA contribution is an above the line deduction to get you to your adjusted gross income (AGI). 

Contribution limits:

  • Traditional IRA
    • Annual contribution limit - $5,500
    • 50+ years of age annual contribution limit - $6,500
    • For married filing joint taxpayers there is a $99,000 income threshold to still receive the full deduction on the IRA contribution of $5,500
    • For income levels between $99,000 - $119,000 your deduction starts to phase out
    • Once your income level goes above $119,000 you are completely phased outTax strategies to implement before 4.2017

Although you cannot receive a deduction on your IRA contribution if your income level is above $119,000, you do have the option to contribute to a nondeductible Traditional IRA.  If you choose to contribute to a nondeductible Traditional IRA you may have the option to convert to a Roth IRA. Everyone’s situation is unique, and dependent on individual circumstances, so please contact your professional advisor to learn more. 

  • Roth IRA
    •  Annual contribution limit - $5,500
    • 50+ years of age annual contribution limit - $6,500
    • There is no tax deduction allowed for Roth IRA contributions
    • Beneficial because contributions grow tax free and money can be taken out tax free
    • Married filing joint taxpayers making over $196,000 are ineligible to make this contribution

    • Annual contribution limit - 25% of self-employed income or a maximum amount of $54,000
    • You do not have to contribute every year


You can start contributing sooner to your HSA and IRA accounts. For the 2018 tax year, there is an increase of $50 to the HSA contribution limit for a single plan to $3,450 and family plans will increase $150 to $6,900.

The 401K deferral is increasing for the first time in a few years up to $18,500 and the catch up contribution remains the same at $6,000. If you are turning 50 this year, even if you have not turned 50 yet, you can start making catch up contributions now. To make a catch up contribution contact your Human Resource Department at your place of employment.

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, etc. and want to start investing in their college education you can contribute to a 529 plan. This money grows tax free, and there are no implications as long as you use it for a qualified tuition expenses.

  • For New York State residents you can make a contribution up to $10,000 and receive a benefit on your New York State tax return. To receive this benefit your contribution must be to a New York State 529 Plan.

To learn more about last minute Tax Savings Opportunities contact a member of DKB's Personal Tax Team today!



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