Taking money out of a traditional IRA is a taxable event no matter your age or the reason for the withdrawal. However, if you change your mind, there is a way to return the money to the IRA without incurring tax liability. The Internal Revenue Service considers return of funds to the account within 60 days a tax-free rollover. Take heed, however. You can only reverse an IRA contribution once in 12 months.
Consult your IRA statement or phone the trustee to find the exact amount of the distribution. You must return exactly what you withdrew within the 60-day window to avoid taxation.Step 2
Find the date of the original distribution. Count the number of calendar days until you find the 60th day.Step 3
Put the money back in the account a week before the deadline. Processing time might delay posting of your deposit. On the 61st day, taxes -- and possibly penalties -- are triggered.Step 4
Confirm that the transaction has posted to your account by the 60th day.
- Miss the deadline, and you'll pay income tax on the withdrawal. If you're under 59 1/2, you'll also pay a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty. The total liability could be 45 percent of the distribution amount as of tax year 2012.
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