Re-characterizing your contribution means re-classifying the contribution as if it were a traditional IRA instead of a Roth. This must be done before the due date of your return. First, contact your plan administrator and follow their guidance to make your re-characterization.
To re-characterize your Roth contribution in TurboTax, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your TurboTax account
- Open (continue) your return
- In the search bar, type IRA contributions
- Select the Jump to link in the search results
- Select Roth IRA and Continue
- Answer Yes on the screen, Did you make a Roth IRA contribution for 2022?
- Answer No on the screen, Is This a Repayment of a Retirement Distribution?
- On the next screen, enter your Roth contribution amount
- Answer Yes on the screen, Switch from a Roth To Traditional IRA?
- On the next screen, Tell Us How Much You Transferred, enter the excess contribution amount (don't include earnings or losses)
- On the screen, Roth IRA Explanation Statement, enter the original amount plus the amount of earnings or loss that were re-characterized.
- If you would like guidance for this section, select Fill in Template
Tip: After you re-characterize, you can make this contribution nondeductible (depending on your income limit and work retirement plan) by making a backdoor Roth IRA conversion.