In the United States, an IRA is an Individual Retirement Arrangement, a tax-deferred retirement account.

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Inherited deferred comp by minors - tax advantageous approach

If minors who are not currently earning income were listed as beneficiaries on a deferred comp plan and owner of that plan passed away at age 63, what's the right approach to minimize taxes. From ...
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Are year-end balances all that matter when it comes to Roth IRA conversions?

My wife is in the process of transferring a retirement account from her previous job into a Traditional IRA. Once it is transferred, I know any Roth IRA conversions would also take into account the ...
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Is there a limit to how often you can convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA within a given time period?

Is there a limit to the number of times you can convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA within a given time period? For example, if I convert my existing Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA now, and then ...
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How to deal with IRA excess contribution without withdrawal, penalties, and fees?

I made my traditional IRA contribution for the 2013 tax year in April of 2014. I made my contribution for the 2014 tax year in April of 2015 and shortly thereafter received a notice from Principal ...
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Capital gains tax: Retirement vehicle (IRA, 401k) vs. anything else?

I've had this question for a little while and I asked a professional about it today, but I don't think I worded it well. As such, I didn't get a good answer. Theoretically, given an equivalent amount ...
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Is 401k considered a retirement plan offered by an employer?

I am trying to brush up on traditional IRA offerings out there. Specifically, I want to know whether the IRA contribution is tax deductible. The rules state that I can deduct the full contribution ...
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Cash Out IRA to Pay Off Debt

I have an IRA that I haven't paid into for over 10 years. I also have a State retirement plan that I have paid into for 10 years and will continue until I retire. Besides the penalties, any reason I ...
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Lower-cost index funds vs. managed (higher-cost) tax-advantaged IRAs?

If having to choose between a non-retirement lower cost index fund and a managed higher cost IRA (both traditional and Roth), which is less impeded and likely to grow more long-term? Put another way, ...
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Should I pay off my 6% student loan using the income that I would normally put into my two IRAs?

Question says it all. I would fund 10k to two IRAs, or I can put that toward the student loan for the next couple of years until it's paid off. Which makes more sense?
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Does saving for retirement pre-tax make sense to stay in a lower tax bracket if I'll earn more later?

Does it make sense to save in a Regular IRA vs the Roth IRA in order to keep me in the 25% tax bracket? In reality career wise I will probably cap out at 150k in today's dollars. I've been able to get ...
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Can I put IRA $10K withdrawal back into account within 120 days?

If I take $10K out of IRA for first time home purchase, use it and then come up with extra $10K within the next 4 months, can I put that $10K back into the IRA within the 120 day period (i.e,. ...
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Tax deduction of advisor fees?

Is there a tax advantage to paying advisor fees from a regular IRA vs paying from a cash account?
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Can you recharacterize an original Roth IRA to a traditional IRA?

This question is not about recharacterizing a traditional to a Roth, nor is it about undoing a recharacterized Roth back to a traditional IRA. If I opened an original Roth IRA account, can I ...
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Should I withdraw money from IRA or refinance home to pay credit card debt?

Should I refinance or withdraw from IRA to pay off 25K of credit card debt? I am 64, self employed earning about 30K/yr. My wife is retired. credit card debt snowballed and I now want to pay it off ...
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Should I move out of my actively managed IRA at Fidelity and put it all in index funds?

I have an IRA at Fidelity. It is where I have rolled old 401k plans into. Currently, I am paying Fidelity to actively manage the account. It is currently invested is many mutual funds, bonds and ...
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Can an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA be done in two parts?

Let's assume that we've already determined an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA will be taken and that it does not qualify for any of the tax-free conditions. I am aware of the lost opportunity ...
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Withrdraw funds that were converted from Traditional IRA to Roth IRA

From a previous employer, I had a traditional 401K which upon leaving that job I rolled into a traditional IRA. With a Roth IRA you can withdraw the "contributions" but not the gains. My question ...
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Are there any disadvantages to having multiple IRA accounts?

I have a primary IRA which I've rolled 401k plans into and contributed to on an annual basis. It is with a full service financial institution and managed with a financial planner. With the rise in ...
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Can I max out both an SEP and Roth IRA in the same year?

I am an independent contractor and get the majority of my income as 1099. I have both an SEP and Roth IRA that I have contributed to in the past, but I would really like to ramp up my retirement ...
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Redirecting my portion of beneficiary IRA?

My mother passed away last year. She left her three children as POD to her traditional IRA. I would like to give my 1/3 portion to my sister as a gesture of thanks for the 10 years she cared of our ...
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Does mutual fund front-load fee count toward IRA contribution limits? [duplicate]

I want to max out my IRA and I am investing in a mutual fund with 5% front-load fee. Does that mean that I can contribute $5,500 max for IRA but have real IRA balance $5,500 less $275 = $5,225 as a ...
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Setting up a tax deferring IRA

I work for a small company, so we have like no resources for helping us understanding benefits. My employer is willing to automatically give me 5% of my annual salary if I set up an IRA account. So ...
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Make IRA contributions all at once or periodically throughout the year?

I am trying to decide if I should make this year's IRA contribution all at once at the beginning of the year, or if I should space out the contributions throughout the year. If I make it all at once ...
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Dividends reinvested in a 401k or Coverdell ESA show up on 1099-DIV?

In the USA, I know that dividends reinvested within a 401k, IRA, 529, or Coverdell ESA are not taxable (initially). I was surprised to see them show up on a 1099-DIV form this year from my investment ...
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Basic Roth IRA Tax Understanding

I understand that a Roth IRA offers the benefit of paying taxes up front so that when the investor withdrawals the money at retirement, the funds won't be taxed. My confusion is that I have yet to ...
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I have a 414(h) pension plan as a teacher in New Jersey. Am I permitted to also contribute yearly to an individual Ira?

My husband is a teacher in New Jersey; 61 years of age. He has a pension plan listed on w-2 in box 14 (other). It is coded as 414(h). He asked the tax advise person at the school if he could still ...
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IRA transfer - any tax implications?

Assume I have a traditional IRA, which I had previously rolled my 401(k) into. I now would like to transfer to another traditional IRA at another broker (Vanguard). Are there any tax implications to ...
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Should I open an IRA, or will it be redundant once I get a 401k?

I'm 28 years old and currently a 1099 self-employed contractor at my job, and have been for 2+ years now. I make about $70k a year before taxes. I'm hoping to eventually get hired on full-time and ...
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Would it ever be a bad idea to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA with the following assumptions?

Assuming: you had enough sitting around right now to pay the taxes you had at least 20 years until retirement you expect at least 7% per year return tax rate being the same as now (even though it ...
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How to split a Roth IRA into multiple accounts?

I currently have a roth IRA with a large brokerage firm but to increase the diversification of my portfolio, I'd like to invest in some securities that this brokerage firm will not invest in (in my ...
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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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What is the process for a Japanese citizen to inherit an IRA?

A Japanese citizen is a primary beneficiary of my IRA. What is the process for her to inherit my IRA?
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Distribution from a traditional IRA and future contributions to a Roth IRA

I am 60+. Can I still make contributions to my Roth IRA in future years if I start taking distributions from my traditional IRA this year?
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Self employed 401k and traditional IRA

I've got a self-employed 401k that I use for a small side business, which supplements a full time income I also receive. The 401k contribution allowance is usually small because my business income is ...
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Where should I take some money from after retirement? (IRA, 401K, Roth, Taxable)

I have three 401ks, each doing well. One has some pre-1987 money, another has some Roth money, and some has post tax, non Roth money. I also have several smaller IRAs and Roth IRAs, some of them ...
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IRA Deduction when changing from 401k offered job to non-401k job mid year

This is challenging one to figure out. I had a job that is ends 11/30/2014 that offered a 401k. I have a new job that doesn't offer a 401k. I'd like to max my IRA this year to avoid tripping ...
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Straight Index Fund vs IRA + Index Fund

I am about to open a traditional IRA and put my money in an Index Fund (to be decided). Which has the advantage that taxes are deferred until withdrawal. It also seems that I have the advantage of ...
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Deductibility of traditional IRA contributions in same year as Roth conversion?

Is the deductibility of my traditional IRA contribution at jeopardy if within the same year I convert a portion of that same IRA to a Roth? Note; I am aware of the phaseout thresholds. Thanks, Jim ...
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1040 Annotations for IRA to Roth trick

If I contribute to an IRA that is non-deductible, I can then roll that over to a ROTH and pay no additional tax, assuming that there is no gain. I am assuming that I can do this until April 15 for ...
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Can I open a rollover IRA account in the US when I am not a citizen, nor no longer live there?

I lived in the US for about 7 years, and started saving money in the company's 401K plan. I had a green card, but decided to move to my home country years before it expired. I have a US SSN. Now the ...
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Sole employee of my own S-Corp - investment options? 401k, Roth, SEP?

I'm looking to start a retirement account and I'm looking for options that fit with my scenario. I'm the sole employee/owner of an S-Corp and as such, I give myself a W2 at the end of each year and ...
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Are contributions to ROTH IRA/401k effectivly bigger then to IRA

I've just moved to US and I started considering savings/retirement options (I'm mid-20 but I don't think it unwise to start early). I'm trying to max the contributions. I started to think if the ROTH ...
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Selling units/shares in my startup to my Roth IRA

Since I can't transfer/gift shares directly to my Roth IRA, what's the most tax-efficient way for my Roth IRA to take ownership of as many units of my startup as possible? Is this even possible? If ...
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Condo Loss Carryover to offset IRA Distribution

I recently sold my condo with carryover loss exceeding $100,000. Can I use that loss to offset the distribution from an IRA account(regular income) during the same year? I am 66 years old. The ...
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Self directed IRA holds income property that generates cash flow. Can we withdraw based on wife's age?

I have a self directed IRA that has invested in income property. It generates a few thousand a month in positive cash flow which is currently being re-invested in other funds that the IRA holds. ...
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How is non-deductible portion of Traditional IRA determined at time of withdrawal?

I've contributed $5500 to a Traditional IRA, planning for that to be tax deductible. My employer didn't have a 401k plan earlier in the year, but will have one implemented before the end of this year ...
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Options for retirment investing if no company 401K available

Due to some unexpected circumstances and poor planning in 2014 neither my wife nor I have been able to contribute to a company run 401K plan. My employer does not offer a retirement plan benefit yet ...
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Self-directed rollover IRA and foreign country investment

I have self-directed Rollover IRA account. I see a good opportunity to invest in foreign country as fixed deposit for 5 yrs. If in Indian Rupee it will earn more interest versus US$ denominations. I ...
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Is the new myRA retirement savings account option worth it?

I just recently looked into investing (as a 26 year old, I know I'm slightly late to the game). But the myRA option looked appealing. However, I couldn't find an abundance of information on it, as I ...
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Should I cash out my IRA to pay my student loans? [duplicate]

I'm 27 and I have an IRA of around 125K. I'm about to transition into another position with a salary of around 85K-100K. I have around 15K in smaller debts that include credit cards and medical. I ...