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{{{Question 3: Can me and my wife both contribute our annual max allowance into one IRA account or do we have to have separate IRA's?}}}

"You both can contribute to ONE IRA only if one of you is not working. You need two IRAs, if each of you is eligible to contribute."

The first sentence is wrong. Both spouses can never contribute to only one IRA. In addition, even if one spouse is not working, the non-working spouse can be eligible for a "spousal IRA" based on the working spouses income. Each spouse must always contribut (or not contribute) to their own IRA; there are no Joint IRAs!

Regards, JAFO

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