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fredmaurel06
Level 1

Looking at the TurboTax explanations on my numbers, i can read "penalty for making an excess contribution to an IRA..." I just used the 26k as i am over 50.

i don't understand where this excess comes from
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dmertz
Level 15

Looking at the TurboTax explanations on my numbers, i can read "penalty for making an excess contribution to an IRA..." I just used the 26k as i am over 50.

The $26,000 that you contributed to your employer's retirement plan is not an IRA contribution.  Go back to Deductions & Credits -> Retirement and Investments -> Traditional and Roth IRA Contributions and remove the $26,000 entry that you made there.  amounts shown in box 12 of your W-2 are to be entered only in box 12 of TurboTax's W-2 form, nowhere else in TurboTax.

fredmaurel06
Level 1

Looking at the TurboTax explanations on my numbers, i can read "penalty for making an excess contribution to an IRA..." I just used the 26k as i am over 50.

thanks for the quick answer.

I just entered my W2 data. that's it. i did not go to "Retirement and Investments" yet.

14554.32 in 12 - D

11445.68 in 12 - AA

The real "error" message from Turbo tax when "ExplainWhy" section is "the $422 penalty for taking an early withdrawal or making an excess contribution to an IRA or other tax-favored account"

 

i don't understand where these $422 come from

dmertz
Level 15

Looking at the TurboTax explanations on my numbers, i can read "penalty for making an excess contribution to an IRA..." I just used the 26k as i am over 50.

There are nine different parts to Form 5329 in which penalties can be calculated, but unless you made an entry of an IRA contribution, the penalty would not be resulting from a reported IRA contribution.  Examine Form 5329 to see on what part a penalty is being calculated.  For example, do you have a W-2 with a code W amount in box 12 and have not yet completed the HSA section to establish your eligibility to have made the HSA contribution?  Any excess contributions carried into 2020 from 2019?

 

If you are unable to view Form 5329, you could try deleting various items from your tax return such as your W-2 to find the source of the penalty.  Also, view a blank Form 5329 to become aware of the nine different penalties that are determined on that form:  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5329.pdf

 

$422 could be 6% of $7,033 (excess contribution to a tax-favored account), 10% of $4,220 (early distribution from a tax favored account), 25% of $1,688 (for an unlikely early distribution from a SIMPLE IRA), or 50% of $844 (penalty for failing to take an RMD, but you essentially took all of your RMDs, if any, since RMDs were waived for 2020, so this is unlikely).  $7,033 is only slightly above the overall annual limit of $7,000 for an IRA contribution for 2020, so if you entered a traditional or Roth IRA contribution, this could be the source of an excess contribution (although it doesn't quite fit).

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