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locklebb
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I over funded my Roth IRA in 2017. How do I handle this?

 
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Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

I over funded my Roth IRA in 2017. How do I handle this?

If you already made a contribution and you're above the modified adjusted gross income (AGI) limits, it's considered to be an excess contribution and is subject to penalties. 

Retirement can be a complex area of your tax return. There are several options available for correcting excess contributions. However, not every option is applicable to each situation. Therefore, we recommend you consult with your financial advisor before taking any of the steps below to determine which option is the most appropriate for your specific situation. The options available include:

1. Pay the penalty for an excess contribution. You'll need to pay a 6% penalty each year that the excess remains in your Roth plan. If a Roth IRA contribution is allowed next year (or any future year), excess contributions can be applied up to the contribution limit for that year and no longer subject to the penalty.

2. Withdraw the excess (including any money you earned on it) before the filing deadline for your tax return. If you do this, you'll need to correct the amount you entered in TurboTax as your contribution.

3. Recharacterize your Roth IRA contribution to be a traditional IRA contribution. That means that you instruct the account trustee to move the money to a traditional IRA and treat it as if that's where you made the original contribution.

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Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

I over funded my Roth IRA in 2017. How do I handle this?

If you already made a contribution and you're above the modified adjusted gross income (AGI) limits, it's considered to be an excess contribution and is subject to penalties. 

Retirement can be a complex area of your tax return. There are several options available for correcting excess contributions. However, not every option is applicable to each situation. Therefore, we recommend you consult with your financial advisor before taking any of the steps below to determine which option is the most appropriate for your specific situation. The options available include:

1. Pay the penalty for an excess contribution. You'll need to pay a 6% penalty each year that the excess remains in your Roth plan. If a Roth IRA contribution is allowed next year (or any future year), excess contributions can be applied up to the contribution limit for that year and no longer subject to the penalty.

2. Withdraw the excess (including any money you earned on it) before the filing deadline for your tax return. If you do this, you'll need to correct the amount you entered in TurboTax as your contribution.

3. Recharacterize your Roth IRA contribution to be a traditional IRA contribution. That means that you instruct the account trustee to move the money to a traditional IRA and treat it as if that's where you made the original contribution.

locklebb
New Member

I over funded my Roth IRA in 2017. How do I handle this?

Coleen, will Turbo Tax tell me how much excess contribution I had?
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