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Subject: Can I add to a Sep IRA and regular IRA? Date: 3/22/1998 5:01 PM
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My wife does some "free-lance" work in the evening..Can we set a SEP IRA for her...amd contribute to this SEP IRA (according to maximum of plan) and another $2K in her own personal IRA? Or can she only contribute to 1 type of IRA or the other?

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Subject: Re: Can I add to a Sep IRA and regular IRA? Date: 3/24/1998 1:23 AM
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[[My wife does some "free-lance" work in the evening..Can we set a SEP IRA for her...amd
contribute to this SEP IRA (according to maximum of plan) and another $2K in her own personal
IRA? Or can she only contribute to 1 type of IRA or the other?]]

You can certainly contribute to a SEP, if you have qualifying income (and it sounds like you do). The problem is, your SEP will be treated as a qualified retirement plan for IRA income testing rules.

This means that if your AGI is greater than $40k for 1997, your IRA deduction may be reduced or eliminated. But if your income is under the $40k limit, you would qualify for BOTH a SEP and an IRA in full.

For additional information, check out IRS Publication 590 at the IRS web site.

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Roy

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