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Rules For Roth IRA Withdrawals

Posted on | June 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Rules For Roth IRA Withdrawals

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If I make a partial Roth IRA withdrawal from a converted Roth IRA, will I have to pay taxes on it? That is a question that is often asked by tax payers.

My spouse and I converted most of our Roth IRA a couple years ago, and taxes were paid on it. If we have to, is it possible to withdraw that portion without paying any taxes or penalties? Just a slight technical issue here-any IRAs cannot be owned by two people, even married couples. It belongs to one of you two, and the person with their name on the account will have to follow the rules.

If you opt for a withdrawal, more taxes should not have to be paid. You opted for the ROTH conversion deal in 2010, so half of the taxes should have been paid in 2011. The last half will be due on your 2012 taxes.

You however, may incur a penalty of 10 percent for an early withdrawal. If you are not at least 59.5 years when the year ends, you will have to pay this. Or you can have had the conversion amount in your Roth IRA for at least 5 years. However, you can get around this if you are using up to $10,000 of the money to buy your first house.

IRS Distribution Penalty

This IRA distribution penalty is important to remember, and could save you some money, or let you access some much needed cash if buying a home. If you want, using something like TurboTax can often make the process easier, because it will run you through all the rules and summarize everything.


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