Modified Adjusted Gross Income - MAGI

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DEFINITION of 'Modified Adjusted Gross Income - MAGI'

The amount of income that determines how much of an individual's IRA contribution is deductible. The modified adjusted gross income is found by taking the individual's adjusted gross income and adding back certain items such as foreign income, foreign-housing deductions, student-loan deductions, IRA-contribution deductions and deductions for higher-education costs.

BREAKING DOWN 'Modified Adjusted Gross Income - MAGI'

The higher the modified adjusted gross income, the more the deductible amount of the IRA contribution will be reduced, possibly going down even to zero. If this happens, one can still contribute to an IRA plan, it's just that the whole amount contributed will not be tax deductible. The amount calculated in MAGI will often be similar or even the same as adjusted gross income.

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