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The Weekly Scenario: Can A Minor Contribute to an IRA?

small female child smiling and counting up her savings and stacking coins.

Question: Can a minor child contribute to an individual retirement account?

Answer: Yes, a minor can contribute to an IRA if she has taxable compensation.  The IRA contribution limit for those aged 50 or under in 2020 is the lesser of $6,000 or 100% of compensation.  As long as the minor child has taxable compensation, it can be used as a means for an IRA contribution.  This is true even if the actual contribution is funded by someone else.

For example, Kelsey is 14 and is working part-time as a lifeguard.  She earns $2,000 in taxable compensation.  Her IRA contribution limit for 2020 is $2,000, (the lesser of the yearly contribution limit ($6,000 or her taxable compensation $2,000).  Kelsey’s mom ops to match her contribution so Kelsey contributes $1,000 to a Roth IRA and her mom contributes the same.  Combined, she can fully fund the IRA for the year up to the legal limit.

Comment: When it comes to saving for retirement, sooner is better than later. Young people have the advantage of time with many years until retirement for money to grow.



As always, if you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Steve Shane at or 301.575.0313.


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Steve Shane provides strategic counseling to clients in need of estate administration, charitable giving and business continuity planning while minimizing estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exposure. He offers legal guidance to clients on asset protection and the proper disposition of assets in accordance with the client’s objectives, while employing tax planning techniques such as the use of irrevocable trusts, life insurance planning, lifetime gifts, and charitable trust. He is also experienced with drafting documents for business planning, the incorporation and application for exemption for Private Foundations and the administration of decedents’ estates.





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