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Can I contribute to a Roth IRA? I am working making $35K a year but deferring all my income into a government 457 deferred program. So no taxes this year

I am funding a Roth IRA from a rollover IRA of $200K.  So I am paying taxes on this    Can I still do the $7K contribution?  I'm 64 years old
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Can I contribute to a Roth IRA? I am working making $35K a year but deferring all my income into a government 457 deferred program. So no taxes this year

It's impossible for all of your compensation to be deferred to the 457(b).  Since some will go to income tax, Social Security and Medicare withholding, only what remains after that withholding will be deferred to the 457(b).  This means that you'll have at least some amount of compensation remaining from which to make a Roth IRA contribution, the amount in box 1 of your W-2.  The maximum amount of your contribution will be the lesser of your remaining compensation and the maximum amount that you are eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA based on your age, federal tax filing status and your modified AGI for the purpose.  See IRS Pub 590-A:

 

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p590a#en_US_2019_publink1000231012

 

There is no limit on the amount that you are able to convert to a Roth IRA from your rollover IRA and such a Roth conversion has no effect on how much of a regular contribution you can make to a Roth IRA.

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