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Is the Distribution from My Traditional, SEP or SIMPLE IRA Taxable?

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This interview will help you determine if your distribution from a traditional, SEP or SIMPLE IRA is taxable. This topic doesn't address the return of an IRA contribution or the return of a prior year's excess contribution.

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  • Whether the cost basis has been recovered. Your cost basis consists of previously taxed amounts. Previously taxed amounts include nondeductible contributions (or amounts that were taxed when rolled over).
  • If a contribution was made in the same year as the distribution, whether a deduction, if taken, was limited.

The tool is designed for taxpayers that were U.S. citizens or resident aliens for the entire tax year for which they're inquiring. If married, the spouse must also have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year. For information regarding nonresidents or dual-status aliens, please see Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.

Please note this topic doesn’t include information on tax relief for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria. For the latest updates, visit Hurricane Harvey or Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Conclusions are based on information provided by you in response to the questions you answered. Answers do not constitute written advice in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer within the meaning of section 6404(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes

Please Note: After 15 minutes of inactivity, you'll be forced to start over.

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