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    I want my husband to be able to do a Back Roth IRA, but he has a significant amount in his traditional IRA and also has 2 prior smaller Roth IRA accounts.

    I am looking into rolling his IRA over into a 401K through his employer or Fidelity who I hear does take these rollovers.

    But my question is, when his IRA balance is back to zero and I do the annual contribution, would he need to open a new Roth IRA for conversion? Or convert it into one of these prior Roth IRA accounts? Can you have several Roth IRA accounts for the IRS.

     

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    You can just use one of the prior ones. You can have an infinite number of Roth IRA accounts.
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      But my question is, when his IRA balance is back to zero and I do the annual contribution, would he need to open a new Roth IRA for conversion? Or convert it into one of these prior Roth IRA accounts? Can you have several Roth IRA accounts for the IRS.
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      Yes, open a new Roth IRA for the conversion. While the IRS allows you to have multiple IRA accounts (Roth or TIRA), you will be mixing 2 classes of Roth IRAs into one. The original contributions in the old IRAs are available for distribution with no tax or penalty at any time. Back-door Roth contributions are subject to a 5-year withdrawal rule to avoid tax and penalty. Even if you never plan to touch the $$, better to take that cautionary step and segregate the funds.
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