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    Hello everyone!

    I am starting to prepare for my filing and have finally settled on an attorney (yay). I asked a question in regards to my IRA withdraws and got a pretty simple answer. "Anything taken out equals income".

    So I am trying to wrap my ahead how this works. So the total past six months of your gross income "doubled" equals your annual gross income (makes sense). Which has to fall of course below the household limits (which vary by state of course). So anything outside of your employment income counts (I get that).

    However the confusing part comes from SEP-IRA withdraws. My employer matches my contributions. However the amount I contribute comes directly out of my paycheck. Which coincidentally falls inside my "total gross" amount of my paycheck already. So I just used money taken out of my check to increase my check, although my total gross amount never changes. (this might be confusing sorry).

    An example:
    Annual gross income = 5,200
    Annual contribution = 520 (already inside above)

    Withdraw of 520

    Now my annual gross income is = 5,720 (magic?)

    I was hoping that the only extra amount of income would come from my employees contribution, since it was coming from the outside.

    I am REALLY bad at asking questions! Does anyone know how this all works?

    Thanks =)

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    If you take a withdrawal from an SEP-IRA, IRA or even a 401(k), before 59.5 then it is treated as income. Whether or not you pay the 10% penalty is another story.

    However, let's talk about what you are posting about. If you earn $5,200 a year and have 10% taken out for an IRA, then your taxable income is actually $5,200 - $520 = $4,680. What you report to the IRS is the $4,680 plus the contribution of $520. This is usually shown on your W-2 so your Box 1 Federal Income will show $4,680, and then box 14 (I think it is) will have a code for an SEP/Retirement contribution of $520.

    The reason it counts as income comes down to when you file taxes. You will get a 1099-R or 1099-RA (I can't remember) related to distributions from your retirement account. Portions of those distributions may count as income. I'm not a tax expert or professional so you should seek tax advice on this topic. I have had distributions from at least 2 retirement plans in the past 10 years. They were taxable distributions. I had to list them under the appropriate line item on my 1040 as distributions. For one of them, I had to deal with the penalty (10% early withdrawal penalty) because I did not meet any exception.

    (Your employer "matched" contributions would count as income when they are withdrawn (same as yours). That is when the amount becomes taxable to you. So if you withdrew $520 of your contribution plus $520 of the employer contribution... then your total income would be $4,680 + $520 (you) + $520 (employer) = $5,720 for the year in which you made a contribution and took 100% of both your and your employer's contributions.)

    I hope that helps.
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