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opti280
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Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

I invested money in a 403B years ago and it has grown. They said I can move that money into a traditional IRA, and I am doing that, but I also want to put $5,500 of my personal money from my bank into a Roth. Can I do that with incurring any extra taxes if I was unemployed this year?I worked two years ago and saved some money. Thanks!

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

No you need current year earned income to contribute to IRA plans.  

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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

No you need current year earned income to contribute to IRA plans.  

Critter
Level 15

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

FYI ... after you have rolled the 403B to an IRA then you can convert some or all to the ROTH ... since you have little to no income it would be a tax benefit ... or, if the 403b allows it, you could roll it directly to the ROTH.  Seek assistance from the 403b & IRA custodians to see what your options are and from a financial advisor/tax preparer to see what this may do for you.  But be quick you only have a few days to get this done for 2017.
opti280
New Member

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

Ok, thank you both!
opti280
New Member

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

I called my custodian and they said the conversion would count as income for the year. If I made no income, but move $7,000 into the Roth, I am still below the poverty line as a single adult with no dependents. I may have to pay 10% tax on this unless I qualify for some other credits.
VolvoGirl
Level 15

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

You don't pay the 10% Early Withdrawal Penalty for doing a conversion.  Only for distributions.  Have the custodian do a direct transfer to the ROTH.  Don't get a check you have to deposit yourself.
Critter
Level 15

Can I move personal money into a Roth IRA if I was unemployed all of this year?

The roth conversion would be taxable income on the return  but it is not considered earned income so you still can't make an IRA contribution ....but since your income is so low you will not pay tax on this conversion either ... a win win scenario.

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