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DEFINITION of 'Spousal IRA'

A type of individual retirement account that allows a working spouse to contribute to a nonworking spouse's retirement savings. A spousal IRA creates an exception to the provision that an individual must have earned income to contribute to an IRA. The working spouse's income, however, must equal or exceed the total IRA contributions made on behalf of both spouses.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Spousal IRA'

To qualify to make spousal IRA contributions, the couple also must file a joint tax return. Spousal IRAs can be either traditional or Roth IRAs, and are subject to the same annual contribution limits, income limits and catch-up contribution provisions as traditional and Roth IRAs. While IRAs cannot be held jointly in both spouse's names, spouses can share their account distributions in retirement.

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    The contribution limits for spousal IRAs change over time; for 2014, the limit for all IRAs was the lesser of $5,500 (or ... Read Full Answer >>
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    “Rollover,” in regard to finances, generally means “transfer.” To roll over a spousal IRA, the assumption is that the spouse ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. My spouse has little/no income. Can I contribute to my spouse's IRA?

    Yes. You may make a Traditional IRA contribution to your spouse's Traditional IRA because you have eligible compensation. There ... Read Full Answer >>
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    Contributions to 401(k) plans come from employee salary deferral and employer match dollars. According to the IRS, employees ... Read Full Answer >>
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