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dom-sarfati
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Married Joint Roth

Got married last year and my spouse contributed to a Roth IRA.  If we file jointly, the contribution is excess as we exceed the cap.  Do we have to report the Roth contribution as there is no deduction anyway?  Short of paying the penalty would we be a candidate to file Married but Separate.
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dmertz
Level 15

Married Joint Roth

You must enter the Roth IRA contribution.  Because it is an excess contribution, your tax return must include either an excess contribution penalty or report the return of the excess contribution.  If your tax return includes neither, expect a notice of tax deficiency from the IRS.

The MAGI limits for a Roth IRA contribution are extremely low when filing MFS.  It's extremely unlikely that filing MFS will be beneficial unless there is some other special reason to do so.

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dmertz
Level 15

Married Joint Roth

You must enter the Roth IRA contribution.  Because it is an excess contribution, your tax return must include either an excess contribution penalty or report the return of the excess contribution.  If your tax return includes neither, expect a notice of tax deficiency from the IRS.

The MAGI limits for a Roth IRA contribution are extremely low when filing MFS.  It's extremely unlikely that filing MFS will be beneficial unless there is some other special reason to do so.

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