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- Avoid early withdrawal penalties.
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- See the pros and cons of rolling over to an IRA.
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For a Traditional IRA, you can contribute up to $5,500 for tax year 2016 and $5,500 for tax year 2017, or up to 100% of earned income, whichever is less. Individuals age 50 and over can also make an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution from earned income for tax years 2016 and 2017. Roth IRAs have the same contribution limits but also have income eligibility requirements.
Not all of your IRA contributions may be eligible for a current-year tax deduction. See Traditional IRA contribution limits
and Roth IRA contribution limits
You can withdraw the excess contribution amount, but you will be charged a 6% penalty each year that money remains in your account. When you withdraw your funds, you'll need to file IRS Form 5329
Note: Depending on your age, you could be taxed twice on your withdrawal. To determine the best solution for your situation, contact your tax advisor.
You can remove the extra funds after the tax-filing deadline (including extensions), but you will be charged a 6% penalty.
Note: The IRS has yet to provide a definitive answer on whether earnings from these funds must also be removed after the tax-filing deadline. Check with a tax advisor to determine the best solution for your individual situation.
You can't take a loan from your IRA. However, you may be eligible to take a premature distribution from a Traditional IRA once in a 12-month period without penalty, if you replace the funds within 60 days.
You can withdraw from a Roth IRA regardless of your age. If you don't pay back the distribution within 60 days, you may be subject to a 10% early withdrawal penalty, and it's possible that you may need to pay taxes on the earnings that are distributed. See IRS Form 5329
for guidance in filing, and consult a tax advisor about your specific situation.
Before you reach age 59½, you are subject to a 10% penalty, in addition to federal and state taxes, on Traditional IRA distributions and earnings withdrawals from Roth IRAs. Roth IRA contributions can be withdrawn at any time without penalty. If IRS requirements are met, distributions from Traditional IRAs and from Roth IRA earnings are penalty-free under certain circumstances
This tax information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax, legal, or investment planning advice. Where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, Schwab recommends that you consult with a qualified tax advisor, CPA, financial planner, or investment manager.