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Recharacterized a Roth to traditional cuz exceeded income limit. Then did backdoor Roth conversion. In 2018 return, Do I report in BOTH traditional & Roth contributions?

 
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Recharacterized a Roth to traditional cuz exceeded income limit. Then did backdoor Roth conversion. In 2018 return, Do I report in BOTH traditional & Roth contributions?

@MDF - Please stop asking the same question over and over.  It was answered.  Keep youp questions in one thread.

 

See the answer here:  https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/retirement/discussion/where-do-i-report-a-roth-backdoor-conversion...

 

And here:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/retirement/discussion/do-i-report-contributions-to-a-traditional-i...

 

**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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Recharacterized a Roth to traditional cuz exceeded income limit. Then did backdoor Roth conversion. In 2018 return, Do I report in BOTH traditional & Roth contributions?

@macuser_22 These links did not address the question. Could you please elaborate on an answer or provide appropriate links directed towards the question. How do you document an IRA recharacterization (Roth to Traditional) due to income limits followed by an IRA conversion (Traditional to Roth)?

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Recharacterized a Roth to traditional cuz exceeded income limit. Then did backdoor Roth conversion. In 2018 return, Do I report in BOTH traditional & Roth contributions?


@mitchgist wrote:

@macuser_22 These links did not address the question. Could you please elaborate on an answer or provide appropriate links directed towards the question. How do you document an IRA recharacterization (Roth to Traditional) due to income limits followed by an IRA conversion (Traditional to Roth)?


You are asking about two totally separate events.  You report a   Roth contribution in the IRA contribution section and the the interview will ask if you move the money to a Traditional IRA (recharacterize).  You should also have a 1099-R with a box 7 code "R" for the recharactorization which does not need to be entered.

 

The backdoor Roth procedure is in the 2nd link above, but I will repeat it here:    You should have a 1099-R for the Traditional IRA distribution that has the IRA/SEP/SIMPLE box checked and a code 1, 2 or 7 in box 7.

 

This so-called “back-door Roth” method ONLY works if you have NO OTHER Traditional IRA accounts.  If you do, then the non-deductible part must be spread over ALL accounts and cannot be withdrawn by itself.  Only if you started with NO Traditional, SEP & SIMPLE IRA and ended up with a zero amount in ALL Traditional, SEP & SIMPLE IRA accounts will this Roth conversion not be taxable.

First you must enter your Traditional IRA contributions (if there were 2019 contributions).

IRA contribution
Federal Taxes,
Deductions & Credits,
I’ll choose what I work on (if that screen comes up),,
Retirement & Investments,
Traditional & Roth IRA contribution.

Be SURE to answer the follow up that the are choosing to make this contribution NON-DEDUCTIBLE - if that screen comes up. (DO NOT say that you moved (recharacterized) the money to a Roth) – this is a conversion, not a recharactorazition.

Then enter the 1099-R that shows the distribution.

Federal Taxes,
Wages & Income
I’ll choose what I work on (if that screen comes up),,
Retirement Plans & Social Security,
IRA, 401(k), Pension Plan Withdrawals (1099-R).

Answer the follow-up questions answer the question that you moved the money to another retirement. The screen will open up with choices of where it was moved. Choose you converted it to Roth IRA.

When asked if you have made any non-deductible contributions say " "yes" if you did then enter the non-deductible contributions made for tax years before 2019.     (Usually zero unless you also made a 2018 or earlier non-deductible contribution. If you do have prior year basis then enter the last filed 8606 line 14 value.).

Enter the 2019 year end value of your Traditional IRA a "0" (zero) - if it is in fact zero - this tax free Roth conversion will not work if it is not zero.

[If you had any other Traditional IRA at the end of 2019, then the nondeductible "basis" must be pro-rated over the current distribution and the total IRA value and only a portion of the Roth conversion will be non taxable and part will be taxable, with the remaining non-deductible basis carrying forward for future distributions. You can never only withdrew the nondeductible basis as long as the IRA exists and has a value more than zero.]

The non-deductible amount of your contribution will be subtracted from the taxable amount of the conversion on then 8606 form and enter on line 4a of them 1040 form and a zero taxable amount on line 4b if you did it right.

Also see this TurboTax FAQ:
https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4350747-how-do-i-enter-a-backdoor-roth-ira-conversion
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**