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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 ...
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Maxed out Roth IRA already & don't have access to a 401k. Any alternatives with tax benefits?

I have no employer retirement plan ( 401(k), 403(b) ) and so I have contributed to a Roth IRA. Are there any other retirement options for me that have some tax benefits? I am a graduate student (not ...
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Are there any consequences for investing in Vanguard's Admiral Shares funds instead of ETF's in a Roth IRA?

I have a Roth IRA with Vanguard, and I saw this question: What is the difference between shares and ETF? about the differences between Admiral Share funds and ETFs. I've also seen stuff talking about ...
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Can you re-contribute withdrawn Roth IRA contributions?

This year I contributed the maximum of $5500 to a Roth IRA. I (foolishly) withdrew all of it later in the year, both principal and growth, bringing the balance of the Roth IRA to $0. Is it safe for me ...
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How is money in a Roth IRA classified as either “earnings” or “contribution” (basis)?

I have heard that if you withdraw money from your Roth early, there is no penalty or tax as long as it is a "contribution". However "earnings" cannot be withdrawn early without paying tax and 10% ...
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Did basically all mutual funds have a significant crash in 2008?

I am interested in starting a Roth sometime in the near future, but I'm worried about an economic downturn like 2008 eating up a lot of my savings at some point in my life. Did most mutual funds take ...
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Why has the contribution limit for IRAs increased so much over the years?

According to Wikipedia the maximum contribution rate for a Roth IRA was 2000 dollars in 1998. In 2013 the contribution limit was 5500 dollars. This appears to be an increase of a little less than 7% ...
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Can I contribute my existing Treasury Bills into a Roth IRA?

Let's say I have paper 30yr treasury bills sitting in a safe that don't mature for 9 years. Can I place those bills into a Roth IRA? If so, are they valued against my contribution limit at face ...
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Does it make sense to max out contributions earlier in the year?

Let's say a person is making regular monthly contributions to his/her Roth IRA, HSA, and 401K with employer match, up to annual limits. All contributions are put into index funds. Assuming this person ...
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The five-year rule and backdoor Roth IRA conversions with non-deductible contributions

I have a Roth IRA that was opened and initially funded more than five years ago. Now that I'm earning too much money to make regular contributions, I'd like to further fund this account through a ...
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Does converting IRA to Roth count toward contribution limit?

I have a small balance in a traditional IRA (as a result of company-match to Roth 401K contribution) and also a Roth IRA which is fully funded for the year. Can I pay the tax and convert my ...
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Why is there an income restriction on contributing to a Roth IRA?

Currently, single adults making more than $112,000 ($178,00 for couples) per year cannot use Roth IRAs I was just wondering what the reasoning behind the income restriction was for the Roth IRA ...
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Roth IRA contributions and Roth 401(k) rollover

My (potentially flawed) understanding of Roth IRAs is that you can take out contributions at any time without penalty. So if you put $5,000 in and it doubles in a year to $10,000, then you sell some ...
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I am a 23 yr old looking to open a Roth IRA. Should the fund I choose track the S&P?

Not sure what particular funds should be examined, including funds that track the S&P. Is it smart for me at a young age to choose a fund tracking the S&P?
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Losses and costs of selling mutual funds in U.S

I am living, studying/working, investing mutual funds, and paying taxes in U.S.. I have a mutual fund and I have accumulated about 10k loss on it in both my margin account and Roth IRA account. If I ...
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Can I rollover my traditional IRA $ to another IRA in my spouse's name?

I'd like to cash out the securities in one traditional IRA in my name and transfer/roll over to a different mega-brokerage traditional IRA account owned by my wife. Is that do-able? My purpose is ...
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How can I self report and undo Roth IRA contributions, due to exceeding the AGI limit?

Contributions for Roth IRAs can be made through April 15 of the following year. Without getting into philosophical arguments about dollar cost averaging, my general principle has been to put the money ...
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Can you use external money to pay trading commissions in tax-free and tax-deferred accounts?

I contribute the max to my Roth IRA every year ($5500 in 2013, for example). However, let's say I use that money to buy two stocks, with a commission $10 each, so I am effectively only contributing ...
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Can I buy mutual funds from more than one company with multiple Roth IRA accounts?

I am a college student who is relatively new to investing. This summer, I opened a Roth IRA through T. Rowe Price and I have contributed $2,500. Can I open another Roth IRA with another company such ...
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Tax consequences for commingled money rolled over from 401k to Traditional IRA to Roth IRA

A 401k account with pre-tax and post-tax funds at Institution A is rolled over as one lump sum into a new Traditional IRA at Institution B. The funds are commingled at this point. The funds will ...
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Rolling over a mixed 401k (Traditional and Roth) to a Roth IRA

I am rolling over my old 401k to a new Roth IRA. My 401k contained my pre-tax contributions, post-tax contributions, employer match, and employer profit sharing. I am guessing my employer match and ...
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Tax-advantaged retirement savings options for someone with no 401(k) and high income

I have read that Traditional IRA and Roth IRA benefits appear to phase out beyond certain income limits. Assuming the following: I don't have access to any 401k plans through my employer My income ...
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How are employer matched contributions handled in rollover from Roth 401k to Roth IRA?

I recently asked this question: Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year? In there, one of the answers pointed out that employer 401k contributions ...
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Can I do a Roth 401k rollover to Roth IRA and withdraw contributions I've made this year?

I am leaving my current job. Can I do a rollover from my existing Roth 401k, to a Roth IRA, and then withdraw my contributions and vested employer contributions from this year and stick them into a ...
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Qualifying income for Roth IRA for a child?

I'm thinking about my still-toddler boy, and trying to figure out how to help him get an income which would allow him to start contributing to a Roth IRA. I am aware that the value of such an IRA ...
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How many IRAs can I open/add-to/purchase in a given year for my family?

I want to plan for my children's futures - and while I believe I understand from articles at Fool.com, Smartmoney, and Forbes, is that I cannot purchase an IRA, as such, for them: it needs to be done ...
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Conflicting information about late recharacterizing of excess contributions

Say someone contributed more than they were allowed to for a Roth IRA in Year 1 (therefore, there was an excess contribution). Can they still re-characterize that contribution to a Traditional IRA ...