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Will distribution from Roth IRA Contribution be taxed?

Last Updated August 5, 2011

Question: 

I just put $6,000 in a Roth IRA CD as a contribution. These were funds previously taxed. When I withdraw these funds will they be taxed again?

Answer: 

Distributions of amounts contributed to your Roth IRA are always tax-free.  The earnings accrued on those amounts are also tax-free if the distributions are qualified. If the distributions are not qualified, the earnings will be taxable and will be subject to the 10% early distribution penalty, unless an exception applies.

Bear in mind that under the ordering rules, contributions are distributed first and earnings are distributed last. As such, if your distributions (over the years) do not exceed your aggregate contributions made over the years, the distribution amount will be tax and penalty free
REMINDER: You can fund a Roth IRA, only  if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is below a certain amount. For these MAGI limits, click here .

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