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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

I started my Roth IRA for the first time last year.  I only contributed, I didn't take anything out- do I have to include that in my taxes? If so, where?
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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

You don't have to report your contribution to a Roth IRA; however, you may want to input it into TurboTax so you can track your basis.   In order to avoid paying taxes on the earnings, it’s necessary to leave your contributions in your Roth IRA for at least five years. 

To enter a Roth IRA contribution go to:

  • Federal Taxes
  • Deductions & Credits
  • Scroll down to "Retirement and Investments"
  • Select "Traditional and Roth IRA Contributions"
  • Continue with the interview to enter your Roth IRA contribution


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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

Then why does TurboTax ask me about my contributions to Roth IRA and when I enter the amount it lowers my tax refund by a LOT. if it's not required to report, then why is it affecting my return? Makes no sense.

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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

The reason why you would want to report it is to track your basis. The only reason why it would lower your refund is that it may be an excess contribution, especially if you make additional payroll or other contributions to other retirement plans. 

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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

 
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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

Did you have a question?

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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

Same thing is happening to me. It makes no sense, because I am within the contribution limit. There should be no additional taxes due, I already paid tax on the contribution.

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Do I need to include my Roth IRA contributions in my return?

Please be aware, yes the same general contribution limit applies to both Roth and traditional IRAs. However, your Roth IRA contribution might be limited based on your filing status and income. Please see 2019 - Amount of Roth IRA Contributions You Can Make for 2019 for details.

 

Therefore, if your modified adjusted gross income is too high you will be limited how much you can contribute and will have to pay a penalty if this results in an excess contribution.

 

 

General contribution limits:

 

For 2019, your total contributions to all of your traditional and Roth IRAs cannot be more than:

  • $6,000 ($7,000 if you're age 50 or older), or
  • your taxable compensation for the year, if your compensation was less than this dollar limit.

 

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