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Greetings, JimA, and welcome. You asked:

an accountant at work showed me a reference in the Master Tax Guide, which stated that you were an active participant for deductible IRA contributions if there were a plan that you were eligible to participate, even if no money was contributed. Can you clear this up?

If you made no contributions and if your employer made no contributions, you were NOT a participant. Tell me the Internal Revenue Code cite your accountant is referencing, and perhaps we can tell what's going on with that interpretation. Eligibility is one thing, participation is another.

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