Was this a traditional IRA you contributed to? You can’t make regular contributions to a traditional IRA in the year you reach 70½ and older. However, you can still contribute to a Roth IRA regardless of your age. If it was a contribution to a Roth IRA then please double check that it was entered as a Roth IRA contribution in TurboTax.
An excess IRA contribution occurs if you:
- Contribute more than the contribution limit.
- Make a regular IRA contribution to a traditional IRA at age 70½ or older.
- Make an improper rollover contribution to an IRA.
Excess contributions are taxed at 6% per year as long as the excess amounts remain in the IRA. The tax can’t be more than 6% of the combined value of all your IRAs as of the end of the tax year.
To avoid the excess contributions tax:
- withdraw the excess contributions from your IRA by the due date of your individual income tax return (including extensions); and
- withdraw any income earned on the excess contribution.