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Limitations of the 401(k) to Roth IRA conversion escape hatch

I'm currently planning on retiring before the 59 1/2 year old milestone where 401k's and IRA's become accessible penalty free. One workaround I've heard of to access your retirement funds early is to ...
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How much more can I contribute to my 401(k) this year after I made some Roth IRA, Roth 401k, and 401k contributions?

I've just started a new job, and would like to max out my pre-tax 401(k) contributions before year end. I have contributed to various other investment accounts earlier this year and am struggling to ...
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Roth vs Traditional Investing assuming same tax bracket in retirement

I've done a little (simplified) math to determine the difference in investing in a Roth account and a Traditional retirement account. I'm assuming that I will be in the same tax bracket in retirement ...
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Roth 401k rollover into Roth IRA: How are earnings handled?

I have a Roth 401k from a prior employer and I want to roll it into a Roth IRA. For simplicity, let's assume there are no pre-tax employer match funds in the 401k, only my after tax contributions and ...
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Investing in 401k and a Roth IRA

I am a senior in college and I have $3,000 dollars from my summer internship that I want to invest. I was thinking of investing it in a Roth IRA in an index mutual fund. However I am questioning my ...
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Senior in College, need advice on my investing plan

I am a rising senior in college and saved up $3,000 dollars from my summer internship. I have done a lot of research online about investment options for my age and I decided that opening a Roth IRA ...
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403(b) and ROTH IRA contribution and rollover

My current employee offers a 403(b) with a Roth option. I also have a Roth IRA. The Roth IRA has a lower annual contribution limit than the 403(b). I have some questions regarding contributions. ...
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What rules are there for re-characterizing IRA contributions for current tax year?

I have contributed $5,500 to a Roth IRA for tax year 2014. My income is variable due to a variety of factors throughout this year, so I do not know whether my income will be within the limits for ...
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Exempt income and Roth IRA contributions

So I am a student and will be making less than 6 thousand dollars this year, and so I'll be exempt from taxes. Can I use some of the money I make to contribute to a Roth IRA?
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Variable universal life insurance vs traditional long-term investments

I have been considering different ways to generate some returns on my money, rather than just having it sit in a savings account at the bank. My understanding is that the obvious first step is to ...
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Are Roth IRA withdrawals within the same year as contributions tax free?

A couple of months ago, in this calendar year, I contributed $1,500 to my Roth IRA. I didn't invest it, so it still is worth only $1,500. I now need $1000 back, and so started to fill out a ...
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Add > 5,500 (excess contribution) to Roth IRA for temporary investment?

I have an standard IRA through work and an additional Roth IRA. I split my contributions between the two accounts. I understand the max contributions to the accounts combined is 5,500 per year. A ...
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What's the tax rate on Roth IRA contributions for a nonresident alien?

I am considering open a Roth IRA account and I was wondering how much I'll be taxed on my deposits. I am a nonresident alien for tax purposes, and I read online that I would be subject to a 30% rate. ...
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Roth vs Traditional IRA Question

With a traditional IRA, you are taxed on the complete balance of your account when you cash out after retirement correct? This would mean you are taxed on contributions + interest earned. With a ...
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Where do I invest my Roth IRA besides stock market and mutual funds?

I'm 25, I've invested most of my Roth IRA in the stock market, and have recently moved money to a peer to peer lending account for better compound interest returns. Where else should I consider ...
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Missed open enrollment 401k date, do not want to wait until next year

I missed the open enrollment date for this year to enroll in to 401k, I do not want to wait until next year. What are my options at this point? Should I open an IRA account? If yes, Which one ...
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Return a Roth IRA distribution [duplicate]

I withdrew money from my Roth IRA (let's say $5K in contributions and $6K in earnings) to buy a house, and then I didn't buy a house. Oops. How can I return or undo this withdrawal to avoid paying ...
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If my 401k plan allows for pretax and Roth contributions, why would I want to open an IRA?

My company is switching to a 401k plan provider that allows for both Roth and pretax contributions. If I can make either type of contribution to this plan, why would I want an IRA? The previous 401k ...
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Should I be more aggressive in a Roth IRA, 401k, or taxable account?

I presently have a mix of Vanguard funds spread throughout taxable and non-taxable accounts. Some advisors claim it's better to take risk in the taxable accounts while placing bonds in the IRA. ...
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401k rollovers (pre & post tax contributions)

I have a 401k from a former employer. This contains both pre & post tax contributions. Do I need to open both a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA so the distributions are rolled over correctly? It ...
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Roth IRA Limits for Dual-Income Family

My wife and I are newly married and are lucky to be making enough to have a small amount left to make in investments on a monthly basis. We're both employed full time and in our early twenties. I ...
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Selling within a Roth IRA and contributing the same year?

If I contribute $5500 into my Roth IRA at the beginning of 2014, but sell $5500 in July, does my contribution amount go to $0, and I can reinvest $5500 later the same year? Or does the contribution ...
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REITs - Traditional Account or Roth

When investing in REITs there are tax advantages in putting the investment in a retirement account. Is it better to put a REITs in a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA considering overall growth and tax ...
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Can I roll my current Roth IRA in my name and my spouse's name into a Roth IRA that is only in my spouse's name?

Can I roll my current Roth IRA in my name and my spouse's name into a Roth IRA that is only in my spouse's name?
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Use Roth IRA to pay portion of federal student loans?

I'm a graduating medical student, and have ~$220,000 in student loans. The majority of this (~$180,000) is in federal student loans at 6.8%, with the rest being at a lower rate (4-5%). I also have ...
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What is an “Options Account”?

I am filling out the form to apply for a TDAmeritrade Minor Roth IRA. I understand what's going on so far, but on the actual application I see this form (I have checked off some boxes already): ...
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Is it inadvisable to leave a Roth IRA to charity upon death?

Short version: I have (for example) $50K of assets in pre-tax accounts, e.g. a traditional IRA, and $50K of assets in my Roth IRA. When I die, I want to leave $70K to charity and $30K to my siblings ...
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Is contributing to traditional IRA then converting to Roth a way around MAGI limit?

We usually contribute to a Roth IRA, but our income is variable enough that sometimes our MAGI is over the limit. In this case I want to contribute the full amount (post-tax) to a traditional IRA and ...
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If Roth IRAs are not reported on income tax returns, how does the IRS police them?

Directly from the IRS: Contributions not reported. You do not report Roth IRA contributions on your return. If that's the case, then how does the IRS make sure people don't exploit the ...
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Are distributions from Roth 401k or Roth IRA accounts taxed in India?

I am wondering if India distinguishes between pre-tax and roth IRA/401k accounts. So, if I am contributing to a roth account (401k and/or IRA) - would I have to pay taxes in India again: On the ...
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Does it make sense to take a lower salary so I can still contribute to a Roth IRA?

Would it ever make sense to take a lower salary in order to contribute fully to a Roth IRA? This is probably very circumstantial, so let's assume: I'm not in debt and have no other obligations ...
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Should I contribute to current year RothIRA if I'm unsure if current year income will exceed limit?

I've always contributed to Roth IRA for the previous calendar year right before the deadline in April. The past year, I was over the limit and thus won't contribute this month. However, my income ...
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Can I open and fund both IRA and Roth IRA for non-working spouse in same year?

Is it possible to open and fund to max amount both IRA and Roth IRA for non-working spouse in same year? I have already opened IRA and got tax benefit for it, but now I am thinking of opening Roth IRA ...
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Rationale for lower deduction limits for married couples filing seperately?

I recently discovered that I can't contribute to a Roth IRA if I file taxes separately from my wife. What is the rationale for this rule? mod edit ...
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What is the best way to get cash from my retirement accounts for a home down payment?

So I am not sure the best way get cash for down payment on a house. Ideally I would like to make it 20% to avoid PMI. The purchase price on the house is going to be about 250k. I have about 5k in ...
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Do last minute IRA contributions reduce taxes on dividends and interest paid during that tax year?

Suppose I contribute to an IRA before the 2013 tax filing deadline in April 2014. I fund the account by moving some securities from an investment account to the IRA account. These securities paid ...
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What should I do with my $25k to invest as a 20 years old?

I have been fortunate enough to learn the skills necessary for a decent paying job at a fairly young age in computer engineering. I have $25k in my checking account, and I need a sensible means of ...
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What are the tax implications of exchanging one fund for another in a tax-sheltered account?

What are the tax implications (if any) for exchanging one fund for another in a tax sheltered account (Roth IRA)? e.g. Changing from, say, a Life Strategy Fund to a Target Retirement fund.
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How to diversify IRA portfolio given fund minimum investments and IRA contribution limits?

I recently opened a Roth IRA. Most of the funds at the fund company (Vanguard) have a minimum initial investment of $3000. The IRA contribution limit is $5500. This means I can only buy into one ...
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Requested to recharacterize 2013 IRA contributions. Broker insists I fill out a “Conversion” form. Is this normal?

After getting some good answers to my earlier question, and doing some of my own research, I asked my broker to help me recharacterize my 2013 Traditional IRA contributions as Roth contributions. ...
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Do I include a spouse's Traditional IRA when converting my non-deductible Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA?

I have a Traditional IRA funded with non-deductible funds (in addition to a Roth IRA) and my spouse has a Traditional IRA funded 100% with deductible funds. I'm interested in converting 100% of my ...
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Already did my taxes for the year 2013 and received my return. Can I still contribute to my Roth IRA for the year 2013?

So I already did my taxes this year and received my return. I am curious if I am still able to contribute to my Roth IRA for the 2013 year even after having done so, as I understand you can contribute ...
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Change IRA contribution year

About two weeks ago, I opened a Roth IRA account and bought into a fund with $3000, the minimum investment. I designated the contribution as for the 2013 tax year. However, looking over my 2013 IRA ...
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Vanguard fund, Roth IRA, and 1099

About a week ago, I opened a Roth-IRA and purchased a Vanguard life strategy fund (VASGX), made the contribution for 2013 Tax Year. I should get q 1099, correct? How long does this normally take?
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Fund Roth IRA for previous year after filing taxes

I've filed my taxes for 2013 already and my wife and I have received our refund. We are under $181,000 MAGI for 2013 and expect to be below it in 2014. I have a work sponsored 401k retirement plan, ...
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How to contribute to Roth IRA when income is at the maximum limit & you have employer-sponsored 401k plans?

My wife and I have employer sponsored 401k plans. We hit the maximum permissible AGI of $188,000 and technically cannot contribute to an IRA account. I also do some investments in stocks and funds ...
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What happens to a cashed out Roth IRA in a divorce settlement?

The husband's Roth can be cashed out (has had it over 5 years and is over 59 1/2). The wife has been granted the Roth in the property settlement. The wife needs the cash. If the husband cashes ...
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Contributing to a Roth IRA while income tax filing status is “Married Filing Separately”?

Most of 2013 I was married, though there was a portion of the year that I was single. Because my spouse and I have unusual work situations (mixture of self-employment, business ownership, and ...
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What, if any, IRA options are permitted with my high salary?

I am single, and make more money (more than $200k) than any of the limits I've seen for contributions or deductions for either Roth or traditional IRAs. My employer has a 401k plan. I currently do ...
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18 year old making $60k a year; how should I invest? Traditional or Roth IRA?

I've had a lot of questions regarding personal finance, and I figured this would be the best place to get some good answers. To start, I made over $60,000 in 2013 and just over $44,000 in 2012. I make ...