Apr 29

Question by samhandwich22: Regarding investing in a roth IRA- what is a dividend? what is a capital gains distribution?
I opened a roth IRA via sharebuileder. I am trying to invest in a mutual fund and as a 23 year old, I am very unexperienced in this area (they dont teach you these things in college!).
It is asking me if i wanted to reinvest dividends and also asking me if i want to reinvest capital gains distributions? I dont know what either of these mean. Whats the best way for me to get the most money out of my roth IRA?

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Answer by William
Yes, you want to reinvestment them. Dividend and capital gains distributions are paid by the specific mutual fund. Reinvesting them means that they are automatically used to purchase additional fund shares – sort of like compounding of interest on a savings account.

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Oct 30

Question by NewIntheCity: What to do with the capital gain from the excess roth IRA contribtution?
I overcontributed $ 1200 to my roth IRA for 2006. This contribution has made some capital gain. I understand that I need to file a IRA distribution to take out the excess contribution to avoid IRA penalty. However, what should I do with the gain from the excess contribution?

Thanks,

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Answer by jerry
Earnings on the excess will be considered as received in the year the contribution was made, and are taxable for that year, plus the 10% penalty (assuming you are under 59 1/2).

You can possibly avoid the excise tax if you more the excess Roth contribution and the earnings on the excess either by transferring to a regular IRA (trustee-to- trustee) before the deadline for the year in which the contribution is made.

I would probably suggest contacting your IRA broker to see if they can help you out and offer any alternatives.

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Oct 20

Question by Xanctity: How do I go about getting a Roth IRA started?
I’m 23, married, and interested in opening a roth IRA but I have no idea where to go, what bank to use or what my options are. I’ve done my research and know that this is the type of account I want but haven’t been able to find advice on how to get the ball rolling. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated =)
Also, what is the minimum amount to open the account?

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Answer by SEC
When it comes to investments, it is usually in your best interest to seek the aid of a professional. A Certified Financial Planner in your area can not only help weed through the countless choices you have, but also show you how the investment fits into your overall financial picture. Check out www.cfpboard.org to find a planner in your area.

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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.

Thanks
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?


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