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Old 06-02-2017, 06:51 PM
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So I got a letter from the IRS about my Roth IRA

Hi All,
I'm trying to navigate how to respond to this letter I got from the IRS. Please help! Here's the quick history:

In 2013 I opened a Roth IRA and deposited about $5500 into it.

In 2014, I left my job to start my own company. In 2015, I pulled $5000 of my original contribution out, in part to pay for medical insurance premiums. I had no wage income that year.

I forgot that while you can pull your original contribution back out of a Roth, you have to wait at least five years.

So now I have a letter from the IRS saying I owe them $1480 in taxes.

My question is, claim the insurance premiums as an exception to the early withdrawal rule, which would wipe out most of that $5000? What sort of documentation is needed?

Or other suggestions? I don't mind being taxed on income, but it sucks to be taxed $1480 on your own savings :/

Thank you for your help!



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Old 06-03-2017, 09:30 PM
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My question is, claim the insurance premiums as an exception to the early withdrawal rule, which would wipe out most of that $5000? ======> If the withdrawal was made before age 59 and 1/2 and includes amounts what you contributed (your investment earnings) then you may have to pay tax. There are certain situations where the IRS will allow you to withdraw without penalty. You may not have to pay the 10 % penalty for early withdrawals if you meet one of several criteria, including a first-time home purchase, a qualifying higher-education expense, unreimbursed medical expenses, and disability or health insurance purchases if you do not work.you generally note these expenses as itemized deductions on Form 1040 Sch A.

? What sort of documentation is needed?====>you need to File IRS Form 5329 with your yearly tax return. Enter the total amount of the distribution on line 1 of the form, and on line 2 enter the amount that is exempt from the additional 10-percent tax penalty on the IRA disbursement, and the amount of the health insurance premiums. Use the exemption code 07 on line 2 to specify that you claim the exemption from the penalty because you used the money to pay healthcare plan premiums



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Old 09-24-2017, 01:28 PM
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I wanted to follow up for anyone with a similar issue:

You can withdraw your contributions to a Roth IRA at any time, without penalty. The early withdrawal penalties only apply to any investment earnings over and above your contributions.

The IRS rules are not as clearly written as they could be, but after corresponding with the IRS and establishing that this was the case, it turns out I had no taxes due.

HTH!



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