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Oct 16

Question by phxsunsfanaz: What do you do when you make Roth IRA contributions for a year in which your annual income exceeds the limits?
Let’s say a couple made Roth IRA contributions for 2005 in Feb 2005. In 2006, they realized that their 2005 income was much higher than they originally expected and exceeded the $ 160K limit for couples. What are the options available now to undo it?

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Answer by ThaneTheBrain
You better talk to a tax person. If you’ve filed already, and took the deduction, then you’ll have to amend. But if you went to file and realized your mistake, they can help you back out your money.

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Sep 23

Question by Set: Where is the best place to put Roth IRA money with objective of preserving capital?
Regarding a Roth IRA investment; does buying a Tax Exempt Bond make sense over a Taxable Bond Fund? At this time, which is better; Short, Long, or Intermediate Term? Do you have any specific recommendations within the Vanguard family of funds? Right now everything is in a money market fund. Thanks in advance.

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Answer by richard t
the roth is tax free.you pay going in..no tax coming out……………..tax exempt is not for you…………you do not say what your time horizon is………………preservation of capital…the safe way is treasury bills, bonds and notes……………don’t buy anything with more than a 2year maturity and buy some every couple of months to hit the average………….If you have a lot of time till retirement. you might want to risk a bit more,,pick up ”the little book that beats the market’…..it sets you thinking…………..
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Sep 11

Question by B. Cummings: Does how much you contribute into a roth IRA, take that much away from your taxible income?
For example if I contribute $ 2000 into a roth IRA, and had a taxable income of $ 35,000 would it now be $ 33,000 of taxible income?

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Answer by engineer50
No. Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars. There is no deduction from income.

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Aug 16

Question by tax_question: Can I contribute to individual roth ira and 401k roth ira at the same time ?
I’ve contributed the maximum allowed for the 401k roth ira ($ 15500). Can I contribute another ($ 4500-$ 5500?) to an individual roth ira account? Or any other individual ira account in the same year?

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Answer by QandA
Yes, I think the roth ira contribution is 4000. There is an income limit, so as long as you don’t make more than the limit you can

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Aug 10

Question by ajcolours: What are the tax implications for Canadians for 401k and ROTH IRA at retirement?
How do taxes work when Canadians who may have worked in the US withdraw money from their 401k or ROTH IRAs at retirement? Someone told me that a 401k can be withdrawn (and taxed in the US), but when the money is taken to Canada it will not be additionally taxed. However, the ROTH IRA would be taxed as new income in Canada. Is this true? If so, this defeats the whole purpose of the tax free growth provided by the ROTH IRA.

I am currently working in the US but am a Canadian Citizen and hence dont really know where i will be come retirement (40 years away) so I am not sure as to where I should invest. I am trying to collect details so I can make an informed decision.

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Mathew, I know how the taxes work if you remain in the US. I need to find how they work if you plan to take the money to Canada. Of course I dont know how things will work in 40 years, but how do they work now?

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Answer by Mathew
For US taxes the 401 k disbursements will be taxed at your tax rate when you retire and the Roth disbursements will be tax free. Who knows what the Canadian tax rules will be in 40 years.

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Aug 2

Question by rainfingers: Why is there an upper income limit for contributing to a Roth IRA?
People over a certain income are not allowed to make any contributions to a Roth IRA. Why? Wouldn’t people with high income rather pay the taxes later anyway (as they would do with a traditional IRA)? In other words, doesn’t this rule just prohibit people from doing something they’d already rather not do?
Mrs. F: in addition to the upper income limit, there’s also a yearly contribution limit ($ 4000 this year). But Roth IRAs are still very, very, worth it! You can always put more money in next year, and the year after that, etc. Contribute the maximum, or as much as you can, every year; you’ll be glad later.

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Answer by Mrs F
That doesn’t sound right. We were thinking of getting one of those sometime in the winter, but we should be able to contribute all we want!

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Jun 5

I have a basis on a regular ira (A) and have converted a 401k into an another separate ira (B). I want to convert the former 401k (B) into a roth.
Can I apply the basis on the regular ira (A)to the converted 401k (B) now that it’s an ira?


Apr 26

Question by The Fervor King: Should I close my Roth IRA and will I face a penalty?
My wife’s parents opened a Roth IRA for her prior to us getting married. It has been opened around six months now. We are considering closing it to pay off her credit card and getting entirely debt free. Is there any sort of exception to the additional taxing on nonqualified disbursements that would apply to this situation? We have other investments in place, and this Roth IRA is really unnecessary. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Answer by Steve D
Sorry, but unless you can show hardship, there are no exemptions and you will end up paying the 10% penalty.

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Apr 24

Question by alex: Can you find a skeptical article on Roth IRA vs Traditional IRA?
Most published articles paint a very favorable picture of Roth IRA versus the Traditional IRA (and other IRA-like plans). I have done my own analysis and I honestly think the Roth is a clever government scheme to collect more taxes, and under no circumstances have I been able to think up a scenario where the individual taxpayer/investor comes out ahead with a Roth. Can you point out any well-written article that supports my opinion?

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I am not looking to debate my findings. I just want to find people who agree.

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Answer by Tony
It might help if you post the analysis you did proving your theory.

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Apr 22

Question by Maximus4488: Is tax on an IRA distribution that is converted to a Roth considered unearned income?
Last tax year 2009, I chose to convert $ 5000 of my kids Traditional IRA to his Roth IRA. I understand that the $ 5000 will be taxable to him. However, is the taxable amount considered unearned income to him and now subject to”Kiddy Tax” ?

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Answer by the tax lady
Yes, it’s unearned income and subject to kiddie tax.

If it’s not on a w-2, it’s kiddie tax–that also includes IRAs, unemployment, etc.

He will have to file a form 1040 with an 8615 attached.

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