2016 Roth IRA Rules
What are the 2016 Roth IRA rules?
Does the IRS impose income limits on contributions?
What about income limits on conversions?
And what are the rules for conversions and rollovers?
Those are great questions, because before you open a Roth IRA, you need to know the basic rules of the game.
Fortunately, the IRS kept the rules pretty simple.
The basic rules cover the following topics:
Learn the 2016 Roth IRA rules for each of these topics, and you'll know just about everything you need to know about your Roth IRA for the 2016 tax year.
Like previous years, the 2016 Roth IRA rules require you to fund contributions with after-tax income.
That means you can NOT make tax deductible Roth IRA contributions.
If you're looking for tax deductibility, a Traditional IRA is your best bet.
However, the disadvantage of non-deductible contributions is easily offset by the future tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawal of those same contributions.
For example, let's say you fund your Roth IRA with $2,000 in after-tax income. You then use that money to purchase $2,000 worth of stock. After three years, the stock is worth $4,000.
You then sell it.
But instead of paying capital gains tax on the $2,000 gain, you pay zero tax. You can then reinvest the entire $4,000 in something new.
Thirty years later, when the $2,000 is worth $30,000, you can withdraw the entire $30,000 and not owe a single penny in taxes!
2016 Earned Income Rules
The 2016 Roth IRA rules also require you to have earned income during the 2016 tax year in order to make a contribution.
And the amount of your contribution can NOT exceed your earned income for the year.
If your primary source of income is from a current job or business, this shouldn't be a problem.
However, if you're retired and living off of a pension or social security, you can only contribute from your earned income.
Does that make sense?
You can't contribute funds from your social security check to a Roth IRA.
Also, if you're a minor, you can't contribute gifts from grandparents or family members - only the money you earn and report as taxable income.
2016 Age Requirements
The 2016 Roth IRA rules don't dictate a minimum or a maximum age for opening or investing in a Roth IRA.
However, the IRS does require the Roth IRA account holder to fund the account with earned income.
So, if you're a five-year-old with earned income from a lemonade stand...
Or a ninety-three-year-old with earned income as the local Wal-Mart greeter...
Then you meet the age requirements to open and contribute to a Roth IRA!
In short, there is no Roth IRA age requirement, just an earned income requirement.
2016 MAGI Limits
The 2016 Roth IRA rules limit your eligibility to open a Roth IRA or make contributions to an existing account based on your personal income.
So what's your income?
Your "income" in the eyes of the IRS is your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).
So that begs the question... what in the world is Modified Adjusted Gross Income?
To find out, look at your IRS Form 1040 (the one you use for filing income taxes). Find the number for Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).
Once you add back certain items, you'll come up with a figure for your MAGI. Then you'll be able to see if you meet the income limits for a Roth IRA.
Once you determine where you stand, the 2016 Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) limits for a Roth IRA are as follows:
2016 Roth IRA Contribution Limits
The Roth IRA rules limit the annual contribution you can make to your account.
You can make an annual contribution of...
2016 Roth IRA Withdrawals
Unlike a Traditional IRA, you can withdraw your principal contributions from your Roth IRA without incurring an early withdrawal penalty.
For example, let's say you open a Roth IRA and contribute $4,000.
Two years later, the account is worth $4,500.
Under IRS rules, you can withdrawal up to $4,000 without incurring a penalty.
However, the $500 gain can't be touched.
If you want to withdraw investment gains without triggering a penalty, you need to meet two requirements:
1) The funds must have been in the account at least 5 years
2) You must be older than age 59 ½
However, exceptions to these rules do exist.
They're called qualified distributions, and they allow you to withdraw funds without penalty for special purposes, such as funding of education expenses and the purchase of a first home.
Just be sure to do your homework before taking advantage of one of these special exemptions. You don't want to get a surprise tax bill or penalty from the IRS.
Check out our new Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter!
Return to the top of 2016 Roth IRA Rules
Return to 2016 Roth IRA Limits
Return to the Your Roth IRA Website Homepage
Read 5 Reasons Why I Love My Roth IRA, our part in the Good Financial Cents Roth IRA Movement!
Start planning ahead for next year by checking out 2017 Roth IRA contribution limits, and stay alert to this year's changes to the 2016 Roth IRA contribution limits.
Our family fully funds our Roth IRA with this website. Learn how you can do it too.
Are you confused or frustrated by the stock market? Learn how to build real wealth selecting individual stocks for your Roth IRA...
Read more about what's new on the Roth IRA blog.
Hi, I'm Britt, and this is my wife, Jen. Welcome to our Roth IRA information website!
This is our humble attempt to turn a passion for personal finance into the Web's #1 resource for Roth IRA information. But, believe it or not, this site is more than just a hobby. It's a real business that provides a stable and steady stream of income for our family. In fact, because of this site, Jen is able to be a full-time stay-at-home mom and spend more time with our daughter, Samantha.
But you want to know the best part? ...You can do the same thing! Anyone with a hobby or a passion (even with no previous experience building a website) can create a profitable site that generates extra income.
If you're tired of solely depending on your job(s) for family income, click here now and learn why our income is increasing despite the financial crisis and how we're making our dreams come true.
Search This Site
Roth IRA Basics
More About Roth IRAs
Roth IRA Resources
About Your Roth IRA
Like Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
[?] Subscribe To
The information contained in Your Roth IRA is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional financial advice. Please contact an independent financial professional when seeking advice regarding your specific financial situation.
Our family started this site as a labor of love in February 2009, a few months after our daughter was born.
Thank you for helping it become one of the most visited Roth IRA information sites.
Thank you, too, to the "SBI!" software that made it all possible.
We hope you find what you're looking for and wish you much continued success in your retirement planning!