Author Topic: Back door roth - newbie questions  (Read 822 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Back door roth - newbie questions
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:26:34 AM »
Details for 2019:
Phased out of Roth IRA contributions.
I contribute to an employer sponsored 401k plan. (Max)
I do NOT have any kind of existing IRA account. (I plan to open one, once I figure the logistics of Back door Roth out)
I do have a Vanguard Roth IRA account. (Open)

After doing a little research, hereís what Iíve come up with as my next steps:
1. Open up a traditional IRA account. (Planning to open account with Vanguard)
2. Put non-deductible money in new vanguard IRA account.
3. Convert traditional IRA to Roth IRA, in a day or so. (Choose appropriate investment, so that money put into IRA is not subject to losses/ gains while waiting to be converted)

Am I missing something? Or is it that simple given that I donít have an existing IRA account? And all of the money going into my Roth will be non-deductible income.


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Re: Back door roth - newbie questions
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 07:00:43 AM »
You've got it.

The logistics of a backdoor Roth are pretty easy. The harder part is understanding why you would need to do it and why it can backfire if you already have a pre-tax IRA. You've done your homework, you understand the why, now you just need to hit some buttons. ;-)


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