If I contribute to a Roth IRA and then end up exceeding the income limit, can I withdraw without extra taxes or penalties?

Asked by: Adam Spencer

Withdraw your excess contributions You won’t face any penalties if you simply withdraw your excess contribution—plus any income it has earned in the meantime—by the due date for your tax return, including extensions. You will, however, have to include the earnings portion in your taxable income for the year.

What happens if I contribute to a Roth IRA but make too much money?

What Is the Penalty for Excess Contributions? If you contribute too much to an IRA, you will pay a 6% penalty on the amount over the allowable limit. You’ll pay this penalty when you file your taxes for the year, so if you can fix the excess contribution before then, you should do so.

How does the IRS know if you over contribute to a Roth IRA?

The IRS would receive notification of the IRA excess contributions through its receipt of the Form 5498 from the bank or financial institution where the IRA or IRAs were established.

Can you contribute to a Roth IRA if you exceed income limit?

High earners who exceed annual income limits set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can’t make direct contributions to a Roth individual retirement account (Roth IRA).

Does IRS track Roth contributions?

Roth IRA contributions do not go anywhere on the tax return so they often are not tracked, except on the monthly Roth IRA account statements or on the annual tax reporting Form 5498, IRA Contribution Information.