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All Things Tax

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎04-18-2017

Roth IRA contribution



I opened a Roth IRA account by contributing 5,500 in 2016 (before the tax deadline) for the year 2015. This year, I added 5,500 again (in 2017, before the tax deadline) as a contribution for 2016. My income is well within the range for which 5,500 is the maximum contribution.


So, I entered 5,500 in the box for "total 2016 contributions" and 5,500 for contributions made only between jan 1 and april 18 2017, and 0 for excess contributions. When I enter this information, I get a message telling me that I contributed more than the $497 maximum and I will have to pay a penalty. Why is it saying the maximum is $497 when it should be $5500? Please help!!

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Posts: 6,191
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Roth IRA contribution

Hi rebecca3,


Welcome to the H&R Block community.



Is your income made up mostly of unearned types of income such as social security & retirement distributions?  If so then this is why you have an excess contribution.


The contribution limit for a Roth IRA (which is the same for a traditional IRA) is the lesser of either (1) your earned income, or (2) $5,500.  So if you had $497 in wages and the rest of your income was unearned income you can only contribute $497.


If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.



Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)