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Definition of 'Backdoor Roth IRA'

A Backdoor Roth IRA is a way to contribute more money to a Roth IRA than you would be able to otherwise. This is because there are income limits on who can contribute directly to a Roth IRA. If you earn too much, you can't contribute to a Roth IRA directly. However, you can still contribute to a traditional IRA, and then convert it to a Roth IRA. This is called a backdoor Roth IRA.

There are a few things to keep in mind when doing a backdoor Roth IRA. First, you can only convert the amount that you would have been able to contribute to a Roth IRA directly. So, if you earn $140,000 and the Roth IRA contribution limit is $6,000, you can only convert $6,000 to a Roth IRA. Second, you have to wait until you file your taxes to do the conversion. This is because you have to report the traditional IRA contribution on your taxes, and then you can convert it to a Roth IRA.

Third, there is a 5-year waiting period before you can withdraw your contributions from a Roth IRA without penalty. This is because the Roth IRA conversion is considered a taxable event. However, you can withdraw your earnings from a Roth IRA at any time without penalty.

The Backdoor Roth IRA is a great way to save for retirement if you earn too much to contribute directly to a Roth IRA. However, it is important to understand the rules and limitations before you do a backdoor Roth IRA.

Here are some additional details about the Backdoor Roth IRA:

* You can only do a backdoor Roth IRA once per year.
* You can't have any other IRAs, except for a Roth IRA, when you do a backdoor Roth IRA.
* If you have any traditional IRAs, you may have to do a Roth conversion ladder to avoid taxes.
* The Backdoor Roth IRA is not available to everyone. You must have earned income to contribute to a traditional IRA.

If you are considering doing a backdoor Roth IRA, it is important to talk to a financial advisor to make sure it is right for you.

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