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I received a dividend on my shares of TOT inside my Roth-IRA. 25% of this dividend was instantly taken by the Federal government.
Isn't every event or action inside a Roth tax free ?
( tried searching the IRS website, but no luck )

That was NOT taken by the federal government. The tax was withheld by the company before it ever reached the US.

TOT is Total, S.A., a French company.
The tax that was withheld was the French income tax, not U.S.
And there's nothing you can do about it.
That's one reason why foreign stocks (depending on the country) are not necessarily a good choice for retirement accounts, or for exempt orgs.

Stocks from the UK are generally free of withholding tax, due to the US-UK tax treaty. The provisions vary by country, depending on the US government's agreement with them.

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