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252 views

Can I deduct IRA contributions and take the standard deduction?

If I have the standard deduction on my taxes (that is, I don't itemize), can I deduct IRA contributions? If so, would that be for Traditional or Roth IRAs?
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154 views

Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...
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2answers
214 views

Can I pay too much into an IRA?

Is it possible to accidentally put too much into a Roth IRA? Suppose I have setup direct deposit to contribute $5500 annually to a Vanguard fund, but my math was off and I contributed $6000. What ...
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2answers
125 views

Short Term Capital Gains tax vs. IRA Withdrawal Tax w/o Quarterly Est. Taxes

So I had to pull funds from my IRA account earlier this year. I had taxes withheld and realize there is a penalty, however, my question is two part: with penalties and taxes for early withdrawal, I am ...
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Legal and tax implications of former H1B holder trading in IRA account from India?

I am a former H1B holder. I am now in India. While on H1B in the U.S., I established an IRA account. My questions: Can I use the IRA account to trade options and stocks legally? If so, how can I ...
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1answer
98 views

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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1answer
871 views

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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2answers
74 views

Opening and funding an IRA in three days - is this feasible?

I'm doing my taxes. (I'm doing them really late this year because I became an independent contractor and I've been paralyzed by fear - I've procrastinated quite a bit.) Turbotax is telling me that I ...
3
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2answers
211 views

What is a “nondeductible contributions” with respect to Form 1040, Line 32?

On the "tip" in the instructions for Line 32, it says If you made any nodeductible contributions to a traditional IRA for 2013, you must report them on Form 8606. What are nondeductible ...
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2answers
104 views

How Do I Fix Excess Contribution Withdrawl

This is a kind of a straight forward situation but I made it little complex due to my limited knowledge of Traditional IRA and 401(k). In the year 2012, I was working as a contractor. I had a ...
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1answer
44 views

Retirement Plan Income - Distribution Amount

Last year I didn't have 401k and IRA plan. The reason was I moved to a new company. The company's policy is not to provide any retirement benefit in the first year. I wanted to buy $4000 by myself for ...
3
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1answer
56 views

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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1answer
105 views

Do 414(h) rollovers need to be included on form 1040 Line 16?

Upon leaving a teacher position, we rolled over 414(h) contributions to an IRA. The money was sent directly to the IRA and no taxes are due. My question is does the transaction need to be reported on ...
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1answer
227 views

Roth IRA vs. Traditional for married couple with AGI over $120k?

My wife and I have an AGI somewhere between $120k - $140k depending on how much I make on side gigs throughout the year. We both started new full-time jobs within the last 12 months. Here is the ...
5
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2answers
199 views

Too late to max-out my 401k but need an alternative to offset taxes?

I got 'double paid' for the first 7 month's of this year as my old job paid out severance and my new job paid me. My accountant has only just told me I will probably owe $15k in Federal taxes and ...
4
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1answer
212 views

Changed from job that had a 401K, and the new one doesn't. How do I answer when filing?

There is a question on the tax form when filing that asks "eligible to participate in a 401K plan at work?" [Yes/No]. I contributed to my 401k up until March. I then took a new job that does not ...
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1answer
76 views

First time home buyer using IRA

I've been planning to save some money to buy a house in the next few years. I am 21 and working on building a solid credit score. Additionally, I've been investing some money with Lending Club (peer ...
5
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3answers
188 views

If I expect to have little earned income in a few years, should I prefer a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA now?

I'm currently in the 25% tax bracket, with a salary of $71K; I max out my contributions to a Roth IRA and contribute to a Roth 401(k) past my employer's match. I'm also planning to attend grad school ...
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2answers
184 views

Is there a tax burden by selling IRA then paying back within 60 days?

I'm in a situation where I may need to sell a small portion of my IRA to help pay for a new home construction. The timing of this need is a bit precarious because my company is paying a bonus that ...
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2answers
210 views

When purchasing an IRA, should I contribute to a previously-opened one, or open a new one?

In general - all things being equal with regards to fund availabilities, fees, etc - is it better to add funds to an existing IRA each year, or open new ones? Are there different tax benefits to ...
2
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2answers
359 views

Filing form 8606 for non deductible IRA contributions

Background: I recently realized that I need to file IRS form 8606 for a previous tax year(2011), to track my basis for non-deductible contributions to a traditional IRA. I hold a bond fund in the ...
2
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1answer
94 views

Can I open an IRA to reduce my tax bill?

Being the procrastinator that I am, I just did a preliminary entry into Turbotax and found that for the first time ever, I owe a considerable amount (about $3000) on my taxes. I think this is because ...
6
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1answer
525 views

Moving money from my savings account to an IRA - why am I paying taxes on it?

I'm planning to move money from my savings account to a new IRA account, but I don't understand why I'll be charged penalties for withdrawing the money. Why do I have to pay extra taxes to take my ...
3
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1answer
88 views

Can I still deduct contributions to my Traditional IRA?

I worked as a consultant on W2 from January 2012 until October 2012. My company did not offer any 401k. In November 2012, I got a full time job and the new company offered a 401K and enrolled me in ...
5
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1answer
51 views

Do I pay taxes on investment income in a traditional IRA?

I have a traditional IRA. I converted it to that during a rollover from a prior employer's 401k, because I wanted to do the investing myself. I am not making regular contributions to this IRA. Do I ...
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2answers
66 views

Will a contribution towards Traditional IRA be deductible for 2012?

I switched to a job in 2012 which didn't offer a retirement plan in October, 2012. Prior to this job, I was covered with an IRA account from my previous employer. I will be filing the returns with my ...
3
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1answer
196 views

Former 401(k) plan closed and check mailed to me. Can I roll over this money and avoid paying tax?

My former employer's 401(k) plan has been terminated and I was mailed a distribution check with 20% tax withheld. However, I wanted to move my money into my current employer's 401(k) and not pay tax. ...
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2answers
314 views

How to use my IRA as a 60 day loan?

I've seen many people on this site mention being able to use the 60 days allowed to move funds from one IRA account into another as a vehicle for a short-term loan. What do I need to know and beware ...
3
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2answers
146 views

How are gains in an IRA taxed vs a Roth IRA?

If I have $10k in an IRA, trade stocks with it until my retirement it accumulates (with no additional contributions) to $100k and withdraw it, how are the $90k gains taxed? How does this differ from a ...
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1answer
149 views

Calculate loss in traditional IRA for deduction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Emptying a Roth IRA account I saw an example near the end of this webpage trying to illustrate how to calculate loss in traditional IRA for deduction. At the ...
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6answers
2k views

why is the money withdrawn from traditional IRA taxed at the ordinary income tax rate?

When money is withdrawn from a traditional IRA account, why is the money taxed at the rate same as for ordinary income, instead of capital gain tax rate? In other words, what is the rationale for it? ...
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2answers
2k views

Can capital loss in traditional IRA and Roth IRA be used to offset taxable income?

For traditional IRA and Roth IRA, can capital loss be used to offset taxable income for tax purpose? If not, when withdrawing from traditional IRA and Roth IRA, can the capital loss now be used to ...
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2answers
1k views

Accidentally cashed out 401k instead of rolling it into an IRA. What do i do?

I've recently changed jobs (past two weeks) from an employer with a 401k to a new employer who does not offer any retirement accounts. I made a huge mistake and accidentally cashed out my 401k ...
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1answer
79 views

IRA tax events and making the maximum contribution

I have a predicament: I planned to contribute the max of $5000 pretax dollars into my IRA, and I am receiving a distribution from someone else's IRA that I was the beneficiary of. I instructed this ...
8
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1answer
135 views

Investing strategies for tax-advantaged accounts (401k, IRA) vs regular accounts?

What are some investing strategies to take into account when working with a tax advantaged account such as a 401k/IRA versus a normal non tax advantaged account? I know a big strategy is to buy and ...
4
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1answer
59 views

Should I have be worrying about selling a mutual fund before keeping it 1 year in an IRA account?

I am considering selling a mutual fund in a Roth account that I have had for less than a year. Since Roth and traditional IRA accounts are tax sheltered and capital gains only apply when distribution ...
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1answer
282 views

Proper way to report Simple IRA to Rollover IRA transfer

I have two IRAs: a Simple IRA (for more than two years), which I contribute to every month, and a Rollover IRA, which I use for automated trading. I had the Simple IRA broker do a trustee-to-trustee ...
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2answers
200 views

Can capital gains be used to fund an IRA with tax advantages?

This may be a naive question, but to me this seems like it should work. Say I earn $1,000 this year in capital gains from selling some stock that appreciated. I think this is taxed at the capital ...
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2answers
151 views

IRA withdrawal tax and penalties: Any additional fees or taxes for not paying up front?

I just withdraw everything from my IRA: about $68K, and I'm willing to pay taxes and penalties on that, because I'm unable to invest capital effectively (I don't wish to invest in US stocks or dollar ...
4
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2answers
727 views

Can I roll my non-qualified variable annuity into a tradional IRA?

I have a variable annuity that I invested $80,000 into 10 years ago. Performance has been horrible and I'm down to $72,000. I am 38 and want to put into a traditional IRA. Are there tax consequences ...
3
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2answers
103 views

Is a pre-tax 401K, containing only treasury bonds, tax free on release?

In time-deferred pre-tax funds, such as 401K and IRAs, I understand that the contributions and capital gains tax is not paid until after they are released. In this case upon retirement/a certain age ...
7
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1answer
215 views

Convert Traditional IRA to Roth IRA when income limits are not satisfied by Roth IRA?

Our household MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) does not allow us to contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA for 2010. In that case is converting some part of Traditional IRA to Roth to complete ...
2
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7answers
367 views

What are the benefits of opening an IRA in an unstable/uncertain economy?

What is the point of opening an IRA at a young age, when you can use that money to buy assets that have intrinsic value such as Silver or Gold? Especially opening an IRA in such an unstable American ...
2
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2answers
147 views

Traditional IRA taxes: Are withdrawals of contributions taxed different than earnings?

Are the contributions to a traditional IRA taxed differently than the earnings when withdrawn and/or are they both considered taxable income when withdrawn? And at what rate? Capital gain or regular ...
5
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2answers
149 views

How to calculate taxes owed on conversion from Traditional to Roth IRA in 2010?

How do I calculate the taxes owed on a conversion from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in 2010?
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1answer
80 views

How do I take a loss on an IRA I converted to a Roth IRA?

Can I take a loss on conversion? If so, how do I do so (i.e. what U.S. tax form do I use)?
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3answers
147 views

Invest in new mutual funds before the end of the year, or after, in a retirement account?

I changed jobs this year and as a consequence, rolled over my employee 401(k) to a personal rollover IRA. I just completed the rollover earlier this month, and right now the money is just sitting in ...