Compensation for the purpose of contributing to an IRA does not include property gains and profits, such as rental income, interest and dividend income, or any amount received as pension or annuity income, or as deferred compensation. Because your IRA doesn't pay taxes, you can't take advantage of the deductions that come with owning real estate. Since you paid in cash, you don't have to deduct any mortgage interest payments. Nor do you get the benefits of property tax deductions or depreciations.
If your property generates rental income, each part will be returned directly to your IRA. Since you don't own the property, you can't keep any of the income. Of course, you'll get the money eventually when you make withdrawals from the account when you retire. It's important to remember that IRA funds (in cash) are generally used to purchase the property; in addition, the IRA will own the property and can only be used for investment purposes.
IRA owners should get the help of competent tax advisors to help them determine their eligibility to contribute to the Roth IRA. Probably the biggest appeal of the Roth IRA is that distributions are tax-free, including profits, if the owner of the Roth IRA meets the requirements to make qualified distributions. Owners of IRA accounts with MAGI within the phase-out range should calculate their maximum regular allowable contributions using the Roth IRA maximum contribution worksheet found in the instructions of IRS Form 8606, Non-Deductible IRAs. The deadline for making a contribution to a Roth IRA is the deadline for filing the IRA owner's federal income tax (April 15 for most taxpayers), not including extensions.
However, even if they don't qualify to make contributions to a Roth IRA, they may be able to invest in a Roth IRA with retirement plan renewals or conversions to a traditional IRA. Your IRA balance will need to be quite high because getting a mortgage to buy property within an IRA isn't easy. But what about the Roth IRA? Sometimes seen as the younger sister of the traditional IRA, the Roth IRA offers different tax advantages that differentiate it within the IRA family. One distinction is that contributions go to the Roth IRA as after-tax money, while traditional IRA contributions are funded as pre-tax money for those who qualify for income tax deductions.