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    I have been funding a profit sharing 401k at $53,000 through my practice for the last few years. I inquired about also funding an IRA and converting to Roth and was told I could not fund it seperately but could fund it through the 401k. Is this correct and can anyone explain this further?

    Thanks.

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    I have no idea what the person who told you this was thinking about.

    There is an extreme rarity called a deemed IRA, that a qualified plan can allow a separate IRA sub account under their plan. It serves no benefit other than allowing a participant to contribute by payroll deduction and use the plan's investments. I have never run into anyone having a plan with this feature, because as a practical matter it provides no benefit.

    Anyone who is an active participant in an employer sponsored retirement plan can still open and contribute to a traditional IRA at any provider. Having a 401k does limit the deduction available to those with a MAGI above the limits. Having a 401k has no impact on your ability to convert traditional IRA assets to a Roth IRA. The only thing that impacts the effectiveness of a backdoor Roth is other traditional IRA pre-tax assets.

     

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    • #3
      Back door roth i assume.

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        I have been funding a profit sharing 401k at $53,000 through my practice for the last few years. I inquired about also funding an IRA and converting to Roth and was told I could not fund it seperately but could fund it through the 401k. Is this correct and can anyone explain this further?
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        Your advice is incorrect. Your 401k is an employer plan, which is separate from a personal account (IRA). You can do both. As long as you have no pre-tax IRAs in your name, you can also convert any IRA contributions, tax free, to a Roth IRA.

        Your employer plan can allow for both pre-tax, Roth, and nondeductible 401k contributions. Again, this calculation does not affect your annual personal IRA contribution.
        Working to protect good doctors from bad advisors. Fox & Co CPAs, Fox & Co Wealth Mgmt. 270-247-6087

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        • #5
          Thanks for the responses.

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