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Is this a TurboTax mistake regarding IRA Recharacterization?

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  • Is this a TurboTax mistake regarding IRA Recharacterization?

    I was doing TT and saw these help boxes pop up regarding IRA recharacterizations.  I thought that recharacterizations were from Roth back to traditional--very useful in some situations. They were excellently described in the recent post by WCI to help mitigate the taxes required to pay for investments that underperform--see this post: Roth Conversion Horse Race.

    TurboTax appears to have it backwards in this example. Do they have it wrong, or is there another type of IRA recharacterization that I was not aware about?

    Here are screen shots of the explanations I am referring to.


    Thanks for your help with this!

  • #2
    Not an expert, but I'm with you...


    • #3
      Yes, I thought it looked incorrect. I will have to see what TurboTax says--but they are definitely not IRA experts.



      • #4
        I posted separately on an issue with Turbotax and recharacterization/conversion.  I think technically you can recharacterize in both directions...  Scottrade accidentally recharacterized my traditional IRA to Roth, so I had to recharacterize back to traditional and then convert as originally intended.  I have the 2016 1099s and 5498 forms to show it (so I'm assuming this means each rechar was legitimate).


        • #5
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          You can recharacterize a traditional to a roth or a Roth to a traditional. Both are recharacterizations.
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