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Split Roth 401k Rollover between Traditional IRA and Roth IRA

Does the guidance in IRS Notice #2014-54 apply to Roth 401k rollovers? Specifically, is it possible to do a out-of-service rollover on a Roth 401k such that: The earnings are put in the Traditional ...
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What needs to be done to transfer IRA accounts when someone dies?

My mother has died, and she had a number of IRA accounts in her name for which I am a 50% beneficiary. One was a Roth IRA. The Financial Advisor she was using wants to charge me exorbitant fees just ...
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401(k) forfeited and check issued. What can I do to avoid penalty?

Recently, I checked the website of the last 401(k) plan that I contributed. I found that the account was "forfeited", which I assume it means that it was closed due to not being an employee of the ...
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Am I eligible to contribute to Roth IRA in 2015

I had a question with regards to the ability to contribute to Roth IRA. My current scenario is I had a 401K with my previous employer ( in 2014. no contributions made since. I have not rolled it ...
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What to do with dividends and capital gains from Roth IRA. Reinvest or Transfer to market settlement fund?

I am 22 and just opened a Roth IRA from Vanguard. I am putting 5.5K a year but I was wondering if someone can give me pros and cons for what to do with my dividends and capital gains? The two options ...
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Future viability of Roths

In the spirit of this question, now 4 years later, I'd like to know if there are any concerns with the future "security" of Roth accounts. I'm currently maxing out mine and my spouse's Roth and ...
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Pre- & post-tax calculations for comparing contribution amounts for traditional 401k vs. Roth IRA?

I currently have a rollover IRA which I no longer contribute to and a 401k which I currently contribute to. I would like a Roth account to be more diversified from a tax perspective. I currently put ...
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Under federal rules, does a non-taxable IRA Roth Conversion impact school financial aid?

If you convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and all the funds were deposited into the traditional IRA as non-deductible contributions, and there is no gain, and thus there is no income by the ...
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What penalties exist when moving from a Roth IRA into 401K?

The move from investing in a Roth IRA to having an employer-provided 401K is the only move that I can find information on. For the past fifteen years or so I've managed a Roth IRA for myself (and for ...
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How to buy stuff (stocks?) in IRA account? What else?

I just opened an IRA account on TDAmeritrade.com. I only put in several thousand dollars as a starter, just for exploring the interface. I have never had an IRA account or even read much ...
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If I'm eligible to max a Roth IRA, Do I ever considering putting money in both IRA types instead?

Age 28 (Turn 29 in November) Gross Income - 110,050 Retirement (At the start of 2015) - $12,000 in Roth IRA My current contribution for the year is aimed at: 9,000 in Roth 401k 9,000 in ...
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Roth IRA: Vanguard vs Free Advisor's Mutual Fund

Background: I recently turned 25 and became applicable to invest into my employer's 401K. Due to no matching, I have 3% allocated in as a supplemental retirement fund. Currently single, rent (no ...
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Should I convert from IRA to a Roth IRA based on an online calculator?

Several online conversion calculators pretty much give me the same or similar results if before and after retirement tax brackets are the same i.e. 25%. If my tax bracket drops to 15% after retirement ...
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Is tuition reimbursement considered taxable, earned income?

I am a student paying tuition to attend a University. I worked in a lab, so I received a "reimbursement" on my tuition (that is how the University denoted the compensation). Does this "reimbursement" ...
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Does Maxing my Roth IRA Early in the Year Provide More in the Long Run?

Recently, I've been looking into investing into a Roth IRA since I'm in the lower end of my twenties. Due to no employer match and feedback from co-workers, I felt this would be a good option to ...
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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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Undo IRA conversion to an existing Roth IRA?

I have two retirement accounts at the same brokerage. One is a traditional IRA that was rolled over from a past company 401k plan, the second is a Roth IRA that I contribute to with taxable income. I ...
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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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Does a 401k contribution help you contribute to a Roth IRA?

I have read some pretty poor threads on this site after doing some searches. I would like the following questions answered with the relevant documentation. Suppose I made $125,000 in the United ...
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Is a previous year Roth IRA contribution possible since I have to resubmit the previous years taxes?

I've been out of the country for the past couple years. I called the IRS this year and found out my last years tax return was rejected because I electronically signed it. People have told me you can ...
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Maximize my 401K and IRA, or save more for home downpayment?

I graduated a year and a half ago, and for the past year I have been maximizing my 401K and Roth IRA contributions. I further save for a house downpayment. Due to a recent surge in house prices, I ...
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A record of deposits for Roth IRA? [duplicate]

Years ago I contributed to two Roth IRAs. At some point I combined them into one. I am now trying to determine how much in total I contributed to Roth IRAs over those years, but alas, my paperwork ...
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Am I investing properly for my future?

What should my next step be? I apologize in advance for the length of the post. I consider myself to be in a good standing, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. Student loans: I graduated ...
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Can I contribute to a Roth IRA while living and working overseas?

If I have a Roth IRA while living in the US and want to contribute to it after I move overseas to work for a few years, how do I do this? Say I make 70k overseas and plan to take the foreign earned ...
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Tax implications of owning a Roth IRA as a Canadian resident?

I am a Canadian citizen, U.S. resident with Roth IRA, contributing for 15 years. I will be moving back to Canada in 2 years, am 47 years old, and will leave the Roth with Vanguard and not touch it ...
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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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Max IRA contributions and expensive 401(k) plan with no match. Where else to invest?

This question appears to be related. My company has a 401(k) with high expense ratios (I recall 0.84% for an S&P 500 index, but I'd have to double-check) and no company match, so I opted to open ...
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Calculation of earned income for Roth IRA contribution

In the United States, for someone earning under the Roth IRA maximum contribution (e.g. a student) what constitutes the maximum they can put in - their gross income before any taxes, or only their ...
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Qualified Stock Options purtchased through my Roth IRA

I have qualified stock options for the company I work for, and want to have them paid for out of my Roth IRA. Can I do this?
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IRA advisory fee?

I have a traditional IRA which I rolled my previous employer's 401(k) into. I've noticed that there seems to be a quarterly advisory fee, which seems to be about 0.5%. Is this reasonable? I ...
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Can you replace Roth IRA contributions that you withdraw from the current year?

I know that if I remove principal from a Roth IRA for longer than 60 days from previous year's contributions, that I cannot put that back into the Roth IRA. However, assume I deposit 5500 in January ...
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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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paying off an auto loan versus Roth versus non-tax-sheltered investment

A hypothetical friend of mine is very young (22 y.o.) lives in the US and has no other debt except a recent 5 year 3.5% interest auto loan. His monthly payment is around $300 He is maxing out his ...
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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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Maxing out HSA after maxing out Roth IRA

Let's assume a hypothetical individual is a contractor working in the US and paid with 1099. He does not have any other employees and his business is not registered anywhere. He is in his mid ...
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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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Roth IRA withdrawal taxes for nonresident aliens after age 59 1/2?

I am a non-resident alien living in the US now, and I need to ask if I have to pay any IRS any taxes after the age of 59 1/2 on any gains or earnings from a Roth IRA withdrawals? I know that US ...
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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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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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Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account?

If my understanding is correct, you can take out your contributions from your Roth IRA whenever you want without paying any penalties. If this is true, then other than the limit you can contribute to ...
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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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How should I invest/spend this 50k inheritance?

I am 32 and work in the non-profit sector making 30k/yr. I own my home, which was recently appraised at 202k. I was given an inheritance of 50k from my grandmother. Based on my financials, how should ...
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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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Transferring assets between Roth IRA accounts

I hit the maximum contribution limit on account A, and cash contributions through the financial institution holding account B are a headache. If I sell some of my stocks in account A and transfer the ...
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Is my Roth-IRA still valid after if the business no longer exists?

I have a Roth-IRA from my company that is no longer in business. Is it still valid for me to contribute to it or do I need to change it?
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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 ...