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Ira and taxes

By Terry Savage on July 11, 2018 | Investments

About 4 or 5 years ago i wanted to transfer my IRA to a different broker. Instead of having the broker transfer it i asked him to send me the money. I reinvested it within 30 days or less in another IRA at a different broker. When tax time came i had to pay taxes on the whole amount.

When i have to begin distributions from the IRA i will have to pay taxes on this again, won’t i?

Terry Says

Whew, that is a great question. First, if you did the reinvestment within 30 days, I have no idea why you were required to pay taxes! Did you consult an accountant at that time? (If you did, please find a new one!!) Below is the actual rule to avoid taxes on non-direct IRA rollovers:

A direct rollover, also called a trustee-to-trustee rollover, electronically moves the money from one account to another without any action on your part. With an indirect rollover, you receive a check which you then have to deposit in an approved retirement plan within 60 calendar days of withdrawal.

I am going to suggest you contact a Certified Public Accountant who specializes in these issues. But I will also send your question along to Ed Slott, the recognized IRA authority at

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