Using a Tax Refund to Fund an IRA in 5 Easy Steps
What does the basic process entail? An income tax refund can be directly deposited to an IRA up to the annual contribution limit. The contribution limit is $5,500 ($6,500 for individuals age 50 or older) for 2017 and 2018. It can also be split among multiple accounts.
If you transfer money or property to anyone in any year without receiving something of at least equal value in return, you may need to file a federal gift tax return (Form 709) by the April tax filing deadline. If you live in one of the few states that also impose a gift tax, you may need to file a separate gift tax return with your state as well.
Due Date Approaches for 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns