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Subject: Roth IRA - distribution if disabled Date: 9/15/1999 5:31 PM
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I have two Roth IRAs. The first one I converted to a Roth from a Traditional IRA. The second I opened originally as a Roth IRA. I plan to open Roth IRAs every year in the future.

I am disabled. I was officially disabled before either of these IRAs became Roth IRAs. My disability is permanent, so I will continue to be disabled during the time I open new Roth IRAs. My income comes from Social Security Disability and my company's Long Term Disability plan. I am carried on the company's books as an "active" employee on disability leave so I believe my company income counts as "earned income" for contribution to Roth IRAs. I am not sure about my Social Security income. I will be 59 1/2 in Oct, 2000.

Does anyone know how the distribution qualifications for "disabled" apply in my case?

Specifically, do I have to leave money in the Roth IRA for 5 years from the time I open each Roth IRA before I am "qualified" to withdraw it? (my understanding is that if someone "becomes" disabled, they are "qualified" to withdraw tax-free before the five years is up). If I am able to put $2,000/yr in stocks with both the principle and resulting growth available to me at any time TAX FREE ... I am truly in a FOOL's paridise.

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Subject: Re: Roth IRA - distribution if disabled Date: 9/16/1999 11:47 AM
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I have two Roth IRAs. The first one I converted to a Roth from a Traditional IRA. The second I opened originally as a Roth IRA. I plan to open Roth IRAs every year in the future.

I am disabled. I was officially disabled before either of these IRAs became Roth IRAs. My disability is permanent, so I will continue to be disabled during the time I open new Roth IRAs. My income comes from Social Security Disability and my company's Long Term Disability plan. I am carried on the company's books as an "active" employee on disability leave so I believe my company income counts as "earned income" for contribution to Roth IRAs. I am not sure about my Social Security income. I will be 59 1/2 in Oct, 2000.

Does anyone know how the distribution qualifications for "disabled" apply in my case?

Specifically, do I have to leave money in the Roth IRA for 5 years from the time I open each Roth IRA before I am "qualified" to withdraw it? (my understanding is that if someone "becomes" disabled, they are "qualified" to withdraw tax-free before the five years is up). If I am able to put $2,000/yr in stocks with both the principle and resulting growth available to me at any time TAX FREE ... I am truly in a FOOL's paridise.



***Any distribution made within the 5-taxable-year period beginning with the first tax year for which a contribution was made to a Roth IRA set up for your benefit is not a qualified distribution. Ergo,
although disability is a qualifier, in the case of a Roth, you must also satisfy the 5 year rule. This is detailed in Publication 590. The applicable rules may be found at the following URL:

http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/forms_pubs/pubs/p5900204.htm


"Jack"

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