IRA money is also NOT subject to SS or Medicare tax since that tax was already paid when you made the money. This is my first attending year, and I have contributed/converted for both 2016, and now 2017. That’s exactly what I would do, as long as your current 401(k) accepts rollovers. Your post stated that one is not allowed to have both an IRA and open a new IRA and convert to Roth. Very useful website! When I clicked submit, it took me to the contribution page you show above where it shows the two tax years, 2018 and 2019. I hope that helps someone else down the road. Im in the same situation with $20. It’s funny. If married, they do it for their spouse too. have been nullified. This is a situation where if it were me, I would make some phone calls to my brokerage and 401(k) people to get guidance from them, while also consulting my CPA. Thanks for catching that! Consequently, we ended up with an IRA with mixed pre and after-tax assets. The simplest way, assuming that $5,500 in the traditional IRA is tax-deferred money, is to convert it to Roth and pay the taxes owed. I’ve learned that not everyone’s Vanguad screens look the same, which is a bummer since we’re all using the same brokerage. I have never waited more than a day or two before converting to ROTH. But this only was available AFTER I submitted 2019. So my issue is I always wait to push the money into Vanguard IRA MMF (funding from a savings account) and that money transfer always take a while (3 days or so). It’s made me hundreds of thousands of dollar over the years. My sunday mornings start with your sunday best! Informative post! Mine does not. Not much gets converted before I bump up to 24%. My wife and I file ” married but withhold at a higher single rate” for student loan purposes. This waiting period takes about a week. I opened one at ETrade and it works well for me. Also, regarding the $1000 in gains, I assume I convert them to Roth as well, and I will pay ordinary income tax on them when filing my 2018 tax return? Now (mid Dec 2019) – I wanted to convert $6 to Roth IRA account but realized this Pro Rata rule (I don’t want to pay tax again on part of my $6K). An Investor’s Guide - NuWireInvestor, 6 Reasons Why Early Retirement Will Destroy Your Life | Money Week, How Low is Your Passive Income Tax Rate? So my questions are: 1. can I rollover my 403b money into a non-deductible traditional IRA, then use that money and do a backdoor Roth IRA conversion? It’s not the ideal solution, but it will save you headaches, phone calls, and time when the time comes to do this again in 2022. Thanks PoF for this helpful post! Hi, I'm Adam! If you’re converting a pre-tax account – in your example an IRA – to a Roth, you’ll need to pay taxes on the conversion. There is a way to bypass this though, but it takes some planning ahead. I just have to choose funds ( right now they are in money market). So, if I set up an account, made 2016 and 2017 contributions, then that would cover $11k of it. You can convert as much as little as you want, whenever you want. 2. – I then since opened a t-IRA in Vanguard, contributed the 5500 which has hit the account, and was about to do the Roth conversion but since my accountant says I should not have done the contribution for 2018… Additionally, any time you call them now its a minimum 30 min wait to talk to someone who isn’t particularly helpful. Read it and carry on. I work with a CPA who fills out the tax forms for me, but I’m assuming you’re talking about Form 8606. Because of the above, the IRA information got duplicated and I was being taxed on the 5,500 Roth distribution. She has limited financial knowledge and has delegated all those duties to me. I am trying to follow the logic when doing a Roth conversion when you have a Simple IRA; I am a small business owner and we have a Simple IRA in place of a 401K due to the cost of 401K management and the fact that we have employees so an Individual 401K is not permitted. Perhaps they learned about the benefits of periodic investing/dollar cost averaging and want to try to do that. What do I do? If you do this in early December, by January 1st, you’ll be able to immediately fund your IRA, and then jump to step 3 below — completing the entire conversion in minutes! With your post with the screen shots and the post from finance buff with Turbotax screen shots I was able to do it successfully. If you do hold tax-deferred IRA dollars on 12/31 of the calendar year in which you made the Roth conversion, you’ll be subject to taxes when making your conversion per the pro-rata rule. I’d argue for very little trading, but there can be good reasons to change asset classes. If the fund options aren’t great, is it best to just not do the Backdoor IRA? Send me the screenshot and I can post [and will remove any identifying information]. I did write the post (I just couldn’t let all my screenshots go to waste). I spoke to my accountant once again. Each person can do this. I learned from my somewhat haphazard ways when I was a beginning investor. If I were you with no kids, I would definitely: 2. I do not see the section “retirement and contributions “. Is form 8606 still supposed to say 2016 on the top right hand corner? Then realized that Vanguard does not accept roll-overs from employer based 401K an 403b plans. If so, what? Look to my Real Estate Investing Resources. I have a question regarding my 2020 tax. If so this would be Line 14 from the prior years Form 8606 (+any current year nondeductible contributions), correct? I make between 120 – 125k annually while wifey makes around 58k. I’m confused…. I couldn’t find the place to start a new comment, so I clicked “reply” instead. I can’t tell if you’re agreeing or disagreeing with me, but as I stated, the “pro” is wrong about the Backdoor Roth and correct about recharacterizations. Should I only file for contribution to traditional IRA but not conversion to Roth IRA? I have a SEP IRA for which I contributed to for 2017, now I am about to contribute to my Roth IRA for the 2018 year by using the backdoor method. Why not add to the conversation below? I mainly do it for myself, to be honest. It says “If you want to contribute using money from outside Vanguard, go to Contribute to IRA.” Did you contribute money to the Traditional IRA first in order to get to setep 1? I want to make sure I understand everything so I don’t mess this up as it would be our first time completing a Roth. Thank you for such a great post! Hi POF, I read through the comments but sorry if I’m repeating a question. Thanks! Also, I know it’s almost late, but can you actually do the backdoor for 2017 contributions as late as 4/16 and 4/17 if the 401 a won’t hurt me? He said in the example described on marketwatch, all the transactions were done within the same IRA account. You might think that I should exclusively withdraw from the Roth until it is exhausted. Also, as a taxable account appreciates, you can end up with substantial unrealized gains, which may eventually force you into a higher tax bracket as you realize those gains to have spending money in retirement. In the Tradition IRa- I have a total of around 100k, which is mixture of this basis and pretax money. There is no tax deduction. I just started this process and have noticed that when I get to step 2, when I am about to make the conversion, the option for “retirement contributions and distributions” exists as an option in the task bar of my preexisting Roth IRA, but the option in the task bar of my new traditional IRA in it’s place already says “convert to roth IRA.” Did they just cut out some of the steps? In order to be able to do the Roth without having to pay taxes you will have to get the money out of the traditional IRA first and put it on a 401K plan. Every year or two, Vanguard changes their process slightly. My question: Will I able to perform this Backdoor Roth IRA at the beginning of the year (i.e. Not a huge deal though, as my focus now after maxing out my 401k is building an after-tax portfolio to access in early retirement. No. I opened a Traditional IRA in November 2019 and contributed $6000 the same month. The IRA timing is by tax-day – meaning you can do an IRA contribution for 2018 as late as April 15, 2019 – so you’re in good shape there for your $11,500. I’m in a similar situation. I believe the total is actually $23,000 since the 2019 contribution limit is $6,000 (a $500 increase over 2018). I would take the extra step and make your contributions via the backdoor. With a Roth IRA, you get no up-front tax deduction, as you do with a traditional IRA, 401(k) retirement plan or other tax-deferred account. The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 permitted conversions of nondeductible traditional IRA contributions into Roth IRAs starting in 2010. This is the so called Backdoor Roth IRA. So why do the rollover. I had thought I had to report both on 2018’s 8606 form. Form 8606 is used to report both your nondeductible IRA contributions as well as your conversions from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Great step by step guide. Some folks used to wait between contributing to a TIRA and subsequent conversion since that could be seen as intent to bypass income limitations for Roth contributions. As far as withholding, you could either send in an estimated tax payment to the state and IRS from cash, do a withhold when you convert (and the brokerage sends $ to fed & state–but that decreases how much money you have left tax-protected), or possibly adjust your withholdings at your W-2, but it’s a little late in the year to have much of a dent. It may be that we both have brokerage accounts for the traditional IRA and “mutual fund” accounts for the Roth IRA. What is your understanding? Seems ticky-tacky to fret over 1 dollar but it is the IRS after-all. Once I convert those funds into the Roth IRA, I then will make the investments within the Roth IRA. Trust me – it can be a real bummer when you don’t live up to the IRS’ expectations . $60 a year isn’t terribly expensive (pretty cheap actually), but it’s best to consolidate if you can. This is very practical and will help a lot of people. - Financial Panther,, Funding a Fidelity Backdoor Roth IRA - a Step by Step Guide - Dads Dollars Debts, congress recently “blessed” the backdoor Roth as perfectly legit, 5 FREE Things You Must Do to Ensure Your Financial Future – Birds of a FIRE, Impacts of the 2018 Tax Reform Law | The Financial Journeyman. Solo 401k for my business – 0 balance and I reported 2300 in income for 2018. if I already have a roth IRA, do I have to roll that into the solo 401(k) as well or will that also be excluded from the pro-rata calculation? I was spared but now I wait until after I gross the contribution limit before making the contribution. I will make sure there are no other funds in my trad IRA ie move all my deductible funds in trad IRA(roll over from prior 401k) to my current 401k account to avoid pro-rated taxes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I did my Roth conversion and I just finished my wife’s conversion on tax day 2018. I keep it open with a zero balance and use the same account every year. Oddly, I was able to complete the conversion after two days, but she cannot. As the New Year begins, many a high-income professional who earns too much to make a direct Roth IRA contribution will use the backdoor to make a Roth IRA contribution of $6,000 or $7,000 (if age 50 or over). And I hope the transition is for the best. A Roth IRA conversion made in 2017 may be recharacterized as a contribution to a traditional IRA if the recharacterization is made by October 15, 2018. We are used to funding via the 401k and have had these old Roth’s sitting. So I have successfully converted to Roth IRA. Less than 23k in total. Just did my fifth back door Roth conversion and third in Vanguard. This next screen will look familiar if you reviewed the brokerage account instructions. What you’re describing makes perfect sense, and I believe it should work as long as it is recorded and reported on the 1040 properly. To avoid any potential mess altogether, I’d like to designate my entire $5,500 initial contribution as a NON-deductible contribution (even though my income limit may allow for the contribution to be deductible!). Well, that sounds fun! How long do you need to wait after rolling a private IRA into a solo-401K or a company 401K before you can use the back door Roth strategy? To convert all the pre-tax assets to Roth but in this case I have to pay the taxes based on my Marginal Tax Rate. Thank you good sir – have been reading more about this since your post a few weeks back. Collectively they total only 10k. With no other available space as far as I can see, you’ll need to invest in taxable, anyway. I’d make a phone call to get things squared away. Much appreciated! i am in 32% tax bracket. On Monday, 1/4/2021, I logged in to see if I could convert my non-deductible IRA contribution to my Roth IRA. I click “convert to Roth IRA,” but it’s in a drop down box in the lower right corner. Would you suggest moving the money in the Vanguard rollover traditional IRA to the Vanguard 401(k) first and then funding a new Vanguard traditional IRA with money from our checking account (or post-tax income) which we’d then move to a backdoor Roth IRA? Question: I was reading somewhere but you CAN take money out of Roth any time without penalty correct? It seems he is not correct, would you agree? Assuming 2017 is out even though taxes haven’t been filed yet. it’s been a while since my savings were so low that every unexpected expense was an emergency, but not so far in the past that I don’t feel the need to have an emergency fund. But by the end of the year, they’ve made over 100 transactions when they could have done four (halve those numbers if you’re single.) i have been doing backdoor roth for past several year but for my non-working spouse, i am not able to due to approx 50K in traditional ira. On 04/25/2016, I converted $7400 into my Roth IRA, which was the sum of my 2015 SEP Employer (deducted contribution of $1900)+ 2015 Personal (non-deducted contrib. The individual may contribute to the Traditional IRA the maximum amount allowed $6,000 ($7,000 if the individual is 50 years or older) for 2020. I want to get her out of this situation and also do my usual backdoor roth in 2019 if possible. I have $0 in my account, so mthe first screen of “Where is the money going?” won’t let me do anything because the balance is $0. Will my subsequent back-door conversion be somehow taxed because of the prior taxable gain on the original conversion the same year? I don’t like that bc my old vendor is now charging $60/year just for it to sit there. No need to worry. This $54k is all pre-tax. Sounds like you’re in good shape. Yup. Am I going to be penalized by the IRS for this? If your accounts are at different places, then this won’t be fun – you’ll probably have to do paperwork and wait long periods of time for it. Vanguard should be able to help if it’s not self-explanatory. There are no negative repercussions to using the backdoor even if it turns out you didn’t need to. Can I transfer/convert the contributions from the Traditional to the Roth every month or should I wait and handle the conversion all at once when I’ve reached by $5,500 limit? My question is that you state this is not a taxable event when we convert the traditional IRA to the Roth. My tax guy just told me to do all at once and not to worry because it wont be an issue with the tax. Less than a dollar. If I end up working part-time and our combined income falls enough, I might start funneling contributions to the Roth 401k side. Complicated Roth IRA: Fidelity->Vanguard transfer, over income limit, backdoor Roth. In actuality, it’s an incredibly simple thing that takes less than 5 minutes (really) at Vanguard. – Grokking Money, Pingback: Question about Roth IRA limits with variable income – Personal loan and Financial planning advices, Pingback: Quickest Way To Become A Millionaire - My Finance Tips. In that case, it’s still a tax-deferred account, unfortunately, and would be subject to taxes if you do a Backdoor Roth IRA. Thanks! Thanks again for this amazing website. There is a ton of room in that 24% bracket, especially if married filing jointly, before you hit 32%, which is a much bigger jump. I don’t plan to invest any funds in the traditional IRA itself. I’ll give you a brief overview, precise step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself, and a link to a backdoor Roth FAQ that should answer any lingering questions you have. The 2018 Guide to Roth IRA vs IRA – Which Should You Use? Can you please elaborate on this edge case? Advice? I made a contribution and conversion of $5500 in the fall of 2018. Thoughts? Track your investments for free with Personal Capital. Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Pub. If you’re going to do the backdoor Roth, you need a Roth IRA, anyway. My traditional IRA is a newer brokerage account. I agree that Roth contributions make good sense when in a low tax bracket. Thanks! – Is there a way to just ‘undo’ the backdoor Roth? Now I have $11088.66 sitting in the Traditional IRA account. I have been doing more research and this really does make sense for me but I have some specifics I was hoping someone might help advise me on. My wife has pre-tax 401(k)s from a couple previous employers that we are yet to roll into her 401(k) with her current employer. Is that correct? I’m not sure why I didn’t run into this question last year (2020), but my traditional IRA is a mutual account and my Roth IRA is now a brokerage account holding VTI. No retroactive consequences. She has an old account rolled into a traditional IRA worth $15k. And congrats on your successes with the conversion! That being said, if my husband has an IRA currently and I do the backdoor Roth, could I expose myself to the pro-rata rule because of his IRA (being that we are married?) – and she said with the new tax law I am not allowed to do the backdoor roth anymore due to the rule of no recharactsrizations? Looks like I need to also open a new Roth account, before doing this backroth from IRA. I’ve done both in the past. My understanding with the Roth conversion ladder is that you can only convert the maximum Roth limit each year so if I wait to contribute until I am closer to early retirement, I will only be moving roughly $6k or whatever the max is which will not do much for me after the 5-year waiting period. Is there a way for me to convert an additional 6k from my traditional IRA into my ROTH IRA making my total annual ROTH IRA contribution to 12k? You mention that you cannot have other IRAs opened and funded (i.e. Are they considered traditional IRAs at this point and subject to the pro rata rule? Now I would like to set up a backdoor Roth IRA in January 2020 and, preferably, have the converted funds count as a contribution for taxable year 2019. Thanks! Hopefully this might help someone or I royally screwed up and caused myself a tax headache. Thanks Wilbur. With a taxable account you can tax loss harvest and deduct $3000 off your income (kinda like a mini-IRA). How to Create a Backdoor Roth IRA In 2021, single taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) of $125,000 face lower Roth IRA contribution limits as … Great article. I assume you have some 1099 / independent contracting income and a tax ID number in order to open the solo 401(k). Thank you! 1. I would consult with a CPA / tax professional before making any moves, however. In order to prepare myself for a backdoor roth conversion, I recently rolled over all my non-Roth IRA accounts to my current employer’s 401(K) to avoid the pro-rata rule, as well as contributed my annual non-deductible $5500 to a tIRA. Under one of balance pages it states that the balance will be available for trade on 1/14/19, which is 7 days after i made the deposit. The $5,500 limit is only on the annual contribution, but not the conversion. I have a traditional IRA and Roth IRA through vanguard and would like to to roll them over into my employer 401k. i have a sep ira, is my only option to pay the taxes initially? Anyway, it’s not allowed anymore. It appears that I am able to fill out a late 8606 for him for the year 2017. Convert it now? To get started, log in and click on your Traditional IRA. After a few days, I rolled over $6000 from IRA to a Roth-IRA at Vanguard. Setting up a Vanguard backdoor Roth IRA is a really good idea for anyone looking to make the most out of their retirement savings. Thanks. I think in your shoes I’d reach out to Vanguard to talk them about it. So I did backdoor Roth this year and ended up with a $1.75 interest payment to my traditional IRA a month later. And there are no dumb questions. I do understand that I cannot do backdoor Roth IRA once I have an SEP IRA in place. There is “convert to roth” option but I wanted to know how much taxes I would owe on this money. That really did help out. As a follow up. Question: whose name should it be in? In this case for backdoor Roth, is a 401(a) treated as a 401(k)? Hey Smart Money MD. It’s a great way for high-income professionals to contribute to a Roth IRA when earning “too much” to contribute directly to a Roth IRA. Can I transfer my total account balance from a roth in one bank to a existing Vanguard roth and also perform a backdoor roth in same year? Then convert this amount immediately. Spoke to an accountant and he said the roll-over IRA has nothing to do with a ROTH conversion from a new deductable IRA that I’d fund with post-tax money this year. I select 2021 since I made my 2020 contribution a year ago. It’s exactly why I’m using it for my side hustle income. Does the 401 a work like an SEP meaning I have to transfer the money or be subject to pro rata tax rules? I’ve been contributing up to the federal maximum ($55500 = $18500 401K + Company Match + After-Tax Contribution) and rolling over the after-tax portion + earnings into my Roth IRA for the past four years. Or does the 401 a work like my 403 b & can be left alone? They are recommending to wait a year before doing the next step. The following article discusses the strategy of “isolating the IRA basis”. What do I need to do exactly with my SEP IRA before opening the traditional IRA now and employer 401k in October? "Bridge the Gap" and Access Your Retirement Accounts Early - Semi-Retire Plan, Recommended Resources – No Frills Financial,,, Back door Roth IRA for high earners like physicians – Investing MD, What's a ROTH Account and Why Does it Matter? If only I could get to this page BEFORE submitting. I am now W2 and want to open a Backdoor Roth IRA at Fidelity. You make at above the phase-out limit for contributing to a Roth IRA directly ($120,000, or above $189,000 filing jointly in 2018). If your ESOP money is on a traditional IRA and you make a new traditional IRA contribution with the intention to convert it to a roth, you will end up paying taxes because of the ESOP money that is now held in a traditional IRA. I will definitely be using this when I make my Backdoor Roth contribution for 2017. If i have to do the second option, then what should i do about the 100$ that will be left in the traditional IRA. Physician on Fire has a great post showing the step-by-step process for the Backdoor Roth IRA in Vanguard. I’m fairly certain the $6k that came from employer contributions is pre-tax, a.k.a traditional and not “non-deductible.” You may not have gotten the tax deduction when it was credited to your account, but I’ll bet your employer did. Today, I read conflicting information from another site that the effective deadline for a backdoor conversion for a 2017 IRA is 12/31/2017. How do you go about doing this on vanguard? Our Vanguard Brokerage is titled in our Trust so it has both my name and my wife’s titled on the account. Is your accountant a CPA? Menu bars are a bit different and didn’t see where to select the tax year. Vanguard changed some display so now you can just go Balances and holdings –> Convert to Roth IRA and follow the prompts. If you have not yet made a 2020 contribution, you can do so until Tax Day in mid-April of 2021. This fund had a recent decline and my money went down to $5,382.64. Let’s say you have $100,000 in the rollover IRA. Do I need to keep track (save my 8606 forms) of contributions (I don’t always max my back door contributions)? Wishing everyone a great 2018! Click on this link to Join Curizon and you'll also be entered into a drawing for an additional $250 to be awarded to one new registrant referred by Physician on FIRE this month. And…what should I do with it now? Just remember to file those taxes on it. Is it too late to do a ROTH conversion for the 2016 Tax Year? If you have been grandfathered in with a mutual fund account and have resisted the many popups encouraging you to transition your IRA to a brokerage account, I commend you. I have yet to contribute for 2018. Vanguard has an ETF version of all those funds you’re talking about with no minimum other than the share price. Can I roll over part of the funds from the SIMPLE-IRA to Roth, and then the leftovers pay taxes on it? It’s good to have this to look back on each year. We do our own taxes now (usually with Turbo Tax) for this reason, as when we tried to use a CPA she was not familiar with a backdoor Roth and we had to file an amended return to add form 8606. Or should I transfer the funds from the IRA to the Solo 401k and make the Roth Conversion from that account? 1. I also kept hearing of the mega backdoor roth, but not sure it applies to us. Hi POF, You can have multiple accounts, but you’re limited as to how much you can put in each year across all accounts. Adam Meaning after my initial conversion of the $36k, i then contribute another $7k non-deductible to that same IRA and convert it to the IRA the next day. My wife was recently laid off (thanks COVID) so while we’re typically above the income limits for front-door Roth contributions, it’s unclear if we’ll end up hitting the income limit this year. Thank you for this detailed post with pictures. Indeed. Or does the Traditional IRA just have to have a zero balance at the end of the year. Their reps are telling me I can’t convert those funds until Jan 9 — how did you do it the next day? Lose out on the money in a position to be the most flexible, that. 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