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Did You Take A Covid Distribution From Your Retirement Account?

retirement tax Aug 02, 2021

Did you take a coronavirus distribution (CVD) of up to a combined limit of $100,000 from one or more of your traditional IRAs in 2020?

You can recontribute the CVD amount(s) back into one or more traditional IRAs within three years of the withdrawal date(s). You treat each withdrawal and later recontribution within the three-year window as a federal-income-tax-free IRA rollover transaction. That’s the tax advantage.

The non-tax advantage is that there are no restrictions on how you can use CVD funds. You can use the money to pay bills and recontribute later—within the three-year window—when your financial situation permits. You can help out your adult kids now and recontribute later. Whatever.

 Key point. The favorable tax treatment applies equally to CVDs taken from garden-variety traditional IRAs, SEP-IRAs, SIMPLE-IRAs, and employer retirement plans that allowed CVDs.

 Unfortunately, you must put up with some potentially awkward interim tax consequences...

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