Originally Posted by amyri
#1;I bought retirement credit for a couple of years of previous service as a teacher. I used funds from an IRA and they were deposited almost immediately in to the retirement fund.
#2;The problem is that I did not rollover the funds directly from the IRA in to the retirement fund. The fund has coded my deposit as a post tax contribution and now the IRS is calling it taxable.
#3;Any ideas on how I can prove that this was an innocent attempt to move retirement funds and prevent it from being a taxable event?
#1; If you roll over your Traditional IRA, there are some common mistakes you must avoid. If you don't, you could face unnecessary taxes and penalties;Unless it is a direct trustee to trustee rollover, then, after you receive the funds from your IRA, you have 60 days to complete the rollover to another IRA/retirement acct.. If you do not complete the rollover within the time allowed, or receive a waiver, or extension, of the 60-day period from the IRS, the amount will be treated as ordinary income in the IRS's eyes. That means you must include the amount as income on your tax return, where any taxable amounts will be taxed at your current, ordinary income tax rate. Plus, if you did not reach age 59.5 when the distribution occurred, you'll face a 10% penalty on the withdrawal.
#2;I guess it depends n your specific situation; as you can see, Making after-tax contributions to a traditional IRA account sets you up for a lifetime of record-keeping and increasingly difficult arithmetic unless you're OK with paying taxes twice on your contributions. Any pretax contributions and all of the growth, i.e., interest, dividends, capital gains, etc. in a traditional IRA are taxed as ordinary income at your tax rate at the time of the withdrawal. However, if you make after-tax contributions, you are required to pay tax only on the growth from those contributions. Let's say you made $10K in after-tax contributions to an IRA account that is valued at $100K when you decide to make a withdrawal. This arithmetic is easy. If you withdraw $4.1K, you won't have to pay tax on 10 percent of it: $410.ALSO, assume your account grows back to $100K before your next withdrawal. It might sound like the same math. But you already have withdrawn $410 of after-tax contributions, leaving behind $9,590. Now, only 9.59 percent of your next $4,100 (roughly $393) is tax-free. Obviously, the arithmetic and bookkeeping get harder when you don't have a nice, round $100K amount to work with.
#3;I guess you need to contact your retirement administrator/ retirement plan expert