Answer: Normally, no. But if your spouse is still working, you will qualify for a “spousal IRA”. If you are both over 50, you can deduct up to $6,000 each for a total of $12,000 (assuming one of you earned at least that much during the year). You have until your tax return due date to make the annual contribution.
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